Charles de Vaulx joined International Value Advisers, LLC (IVA) in May 2008 as a partner and portfolio manager, and serves as chief investment officer and portfolio manager.
Until March 2007, Charles was portfolio manager of the First Eagle Global, Overseas, U.S. Value, Gold and Variable Funds, together with a number of separately managed institutional accounts. He was solely responsible for management of the Sofire Fund Ltd. when it won an Absolute Return Award* for “Fund of the Year” in the global equity category in 2005 and 2006.
In addition to sharing Morningstar's "International Stock Manager of the Year" Award** in 2001 with his co-manager, Charles was runner-up for the same award in 2006.
From 2000 to 2004, Charles was co-portfolio manager of the First Eagle Funds. He was named associate portfolio manager in August 1996. In 1987, he joined the SoGen Funds, the predecessor to the First Eagle Funds, as a securities analyst. He began his career at Societe Generale Bank as a credit analyst in 1985.
Charles graduated from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Rouen in France and holds the French equivalent of a Master's degree in finance.
* The Absolute Return Awards identify the best performing U.S. hedge fund managers based on risk adjusted returns as tracked by Hedge Fund Intelligence. To be considered, funds first need to have at least $500 million in assets. Qualifying funds have the highest returns and Sharpe ratios, with the winner having the highest return and a Sharpe ratio within 25% of the best qualifying ratio. No fee is paid to participate in the selection and the rating is not indicative of future performance.
** The criteria used for Morningstar's selection of Fund Manager of the Year are: superior returns in the current year, consistent outperformance over a long period of time, sound and consistent strategies, and good fund stewardship. No fee is paid to participate in the selection and the award is not indicative of future performance.