Albert O. Nicholas, CFA
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Portfolio Manager
Industry experience: 61 years
Nicholas Company Tenure: 49 years
Lead Portfolio Manager - Nicholas Fund, Inc.
Co-Portfolio Manager - Nicholas Equity Income Fund, Inc
Ab Nicholas has always had great interest in analyzing companies and the stock market. He considers himself an investment analyst first and foremost, but he also has been recognized for his skill as a portfolio manager. His extensive tenure studying the markets and investments through numerous market cycles has fortified his belief in the benefit of investing in stocks for the long-term. Ab’s experience offers tremendous insight and value when assessing the challenges of today’s markets.
Ab began his career with Northwestern National Insurance Company, where he worked as an investment analyst. He also spent several years at Marshall and Ilsley Bank.
Ab founded the Nicholas Company in 1967 with the idea of offering his investment philosophy and process to a wider group of investors. He launched the flagship Nicholas Fund in 1969, in order to give individual investors greater access to a diversified portfolio of stocks through a mutual fund. The Nicholas Fund has been acknowledged over the years by publications such as Forbes, Money Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.
Ab is the lead managers of the Nicholas Fund handling the day-to-day investment decisions and he is the co-manager of the Nicholas Equity Income Fund.
Ab earned a Bachelor’s in Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, while playing guard for the Wisconsin Badger basketball team. After spending two years in the military, he returned to the University for an M.B.A. in Finance and Investments. He is a member of the Milwaukee Investment Analysts Society, and a Chartered Financial Analyst.