Kenneth Lawrence Fisher (born November 29, 1950) is an American investment analyst and the founder and chairman of Fisher Investments, a money management firm with offices in Woodside, California, San Mateo, California, and Camas, Washington, London, England, and Frankfurt and Rodenbach. Fisher writes a monthly column in Forbes magazine, and is the publications longest continuously running columnist. He contributes to other financial and news magazines, has written eleven books, and has written research papers in the field of behavioral finance. He is on the 2016 Forbes 400 list of richest Americans and Forbes list of world billionaires, and as of 2016 is worth $3.6 billion. In 2010, he was named to Investment Advisor magazines "30 for 30" list of the 30 most influential people in the investment advisory business over the last 30 years. As of 2016[update], Fisher’s firm manages $71 billion and has been called the largest wealth manager in the United States. Kenneth Fisher was born in San Francisco, California, the third and youngest son of Dorothy (née Whyte), from Arkansas, and Philip A. Fisher, an investor and author of three books, most notably Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits. Fisher was raised in San Mateo, California. He went to Humboldt State University to study forestry, but graduated with a degree in economics in 1972. Citing contributions to the finance world and the ongoing study of redwood ecology, Humboldt State recognized Fisher with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. In 2015, Fisher was appointed to the Board of Advisors of The Forbes School of Business at Ashford University. Over the past few decades, Fisher has helped Fisher Investments become one of the largest independent money managers in the world. He started his firm in 1979 with just $250 and it has steadily grown into one of the premier money management firms in the world by using time-tested investment principles to grow his business and his fortune. According to an interview with Inc. Magazine, Fisher believes the pursuit of passion, not the pursuit of money, creates wealth.