Michael van Biema is the founder of van Biema Value Partners, LLC. Prior to establishing the firm, Michael was on the faculty of Columbia Business School from 1992 to 2004 where he taught value investing, general corporate finance, capital markets, securities analysis, and entrepreneurial finance in both the regular and executive MBA programs. He has also served as director of a multi-year, multimillion-dollar research project into productivity in the service sector funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He received his B.A. from Princeton University in Electrical Engineering and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Computer Science. Before joining the faculty of Columbia Business School, he was involved in several IT-related startup ventures.
More recently, he has consulted to companies such as American General, Bell Atlantic, Brambles, CitiGroup, Deutsche Telekom, Gabelli Asset Management, Goldman Sachs, Merck, Salomon Brothers, and Vontobel Asset Management and several private asset management firms.
Michael is the author of numerous publications including an article in the Harvard Business Review entitled “Managing Productivity in the Service Sector” (Summer 1998), is co-author of the books Value Investing from Graham to Buffett and Beyond (Wiley, June 2001), Concentrated Investing (Wiley 2016), and has lectured internationally on value investing.