For the second time in 17 years, the winners of the Investment Advisor 25 have been picked by our readers as the most influential in a variety of fields.
The 2019 list includes many repeat winners, but it also features some new names — as well as some VIPs making reappearances after a year or two of absence.
What stands out in this year’s voting results is the intensifying competition for IA25 slots in most categories. That said, in the Portfolio group, the top vote-getter’s popularity is way ahead of others in this category.
Advisors and other industry participants cast nearly 6,000 total votes for leaders in the following six areas:
- Independent Broker-Dealers
- Custody & Clearing
- Politics/Regulation/Compliance, and
- Portfolio, Investing & the Markets
Readers will see that many IA25 winners this year are focused on creating and taking advantage of new technology. It’s worth pointing out, though, that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not a winner in 2019.
(Check out: IA25 Winners of 2018)
But there are many winners — including a political leader or two — who are very active on Twitter and other social media. Clearly, advisors and other readers appreciate the insights, tips and water-cooler talk shared online by industry leaders.
Leaders who share their perspectives via traditional investor letters and reports, though, also made it into the IA25 list this year. In addition, individuals who speak regularly at industry events and frequently do media interviews remain popular, too.
In other words, the 2019 voting results show that advisors highly value the perspectives of trusted industry figures regardless of the format in which these views are shared.
We invite you to read on for more details on how members of the 2019 IA25 are changing the world in which advisors do business. Many thanks to everyone who took part in the online poll this year and for the contributions of ThinkAdvisor writers Michael Fisher, Jamie Green, Bernice Napach, Jane Wollman Rusoff and Emily Zulz.
The profiles of the 2019 IA25 winners in each of six industry categories can be found here: