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http://business.outlookindia.com/article_v3.aspx?artid=289651

 

EDITOR’S NOTE

Greater Than The Parts

How Fairfax’s investee companies in India fit together and how they intend to grow independently while also benefiting from each other

 

Toronto-based financier Prem Watsa has established himself as an astute investor and has a track record to prove it. While the investment style of Fairfax Financial Holdings mirrors that of market legend Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, there is one key difference. Buffett has shied away from making investments in India. Even his brief entry into the Indian general insurance market through a corporate agency was eventually wound-up. Watsa’s Fairfax, on the other hand, has made a major investment in each of the past three years.

 

Watsa is replicating his holding company model in India through Thomas Cook and that provides an opportunity for Indian investors who subscribe to his investment philosophy. Our cover story this issue tries to understand how Fairfax’s investee companies in India fit together. Thomas Cook, itself a powerful brand in the travel space, has bought two companies that have the potential to grow with capable managers steering them. How these three companies intend to grow independently while also benefiting from each other is the focus of our story that starts on page 44.

 

 

I think this is the link to the article. I'll probably cave and pay the 99 cents for the digital issue.

 

http://business.outlookindia.com/article_v3.aspx?artid=289664

 

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