by Richard Loth

Becoming a successful investor takes education, patience and maybe even a little luck.

Historically, the market has returned a solid 12% per year on average. The icons we'll present here represent the pinnacle of the financial world. Each one has dramatically exceeded market performance. They have all made a fortune off their success and in many cases, they've helped millions of others achieve similar returns.

These investors differ widely in the strategies and philosophies they applied to their trading; some came up with new and innovative ways to analyze their investments, while others picked securites almost entirely by instinct. Where these investors don't differ is in their ability to consistently beat the market.

Read on to learn more about these outstanding investors and how they made their fortunes.

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