Our Mission

For over a half century, we’ve helped investors reach their financial dreams of a comfortable retirement, saving for college, buying a home and giving philanthropically.

Our Approach

Great Businesses at Great Prices

We seek durable, well-managed businesses at attractive prices and hold them for the long term, to allow the power of compounding to work.

Over 50 Years of Expertise

We have successfully invested through many environments, including inflation, recession, rising and falling interest rates, and bull and bear markets. Our decision-making benefits from this half a century of experience.

Rigorous Investment Discipline

We don’t chase the latest fads and manias or make investment decisions based on unknowable short term market forecasts. Instead, we build portfolios one company at a time, conducting intense research into their long-term prospects.

Invested Alongside You

With over $2 billion of our own money invested alongside shareholders, our interests are aligned.* We have a unique commitment to stewardship, generating attractive long-term results and managing risks.

Long Term Results

We have a history of successfully compounding wealth to help investors achieve their long-term financial goals.

Unrivaled Legacy

“Very few firms have the experience and continuity with respect to people, philosophy and process.”

From the 1940s…

Our firm traces its roots to legendary investor Shelby Cullom Davis, a leading financial advisor to governors and presidents, who parlayed an initial investment of $100,000 in the late 1940s into more than $800 million by the end of his career in the early 1990s.

In 1969, Shelby Cullom Davis’s son, Shelby M.C. Davis, founded Davis Advisors after serving as the head of equity research at The Bank of New York in order to offer the Davis investment approach to outside clients.

…to Today

Under Christopher C. Davis, Chairman and Portfolio Manager, Davis Advisors is recognized as a premier investment manager serving individual and institutional investors worldwide.

* Includes Davis Advisors, Davis family and Foundation, our employees, and Fund directors. As of 6/30/23.