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The Big Short’s Michael Burry: A Mastermind in Contrarian Investing

1971:

  • Michael James Burry is born on June 19 in San Jose, California, United States.

1990:

  • Burry graduates from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

1997:

  • Burry completes his medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and becomes a licensed physician.

2000:

  • Burry founds Scion Capital, his own hedge fund, and becomes its managing member. He starts with initial capital, mainly contributed by himself and his family.

2005:

  • Burry becomes one of the first investors to recognize the flaws in the subprime mortgage market. He starts investing in credit default swaps (CDS) on subprime mortgage bonds, which essentially bet against the housing market.

2007:

  • Burry’s predictions come true as the subprime mortgage market collapses, leading to the global financial crisis. He earns $100 million for himself and $725 million for his investors.

2008:

  • Burry decides to close Scion Capital, returning the remaining funds to his investors.

2010:

  • The book “The Big Short” is published, which tells the story of Burry and his bet against the subprime mortgage market. The book is a critical and commercial success, and it turns Burry into a household name.

2010:

2013:

2019:

2020:

  • Burry voices his concerns about the stock market, particularly the excessive valuations in the technology sector, warning of a potential bubble.

2021:

  • Burry’s views gain significant attention as he continues to caution about speculative excess and risks in the market. He shares his thoughts and analysis through his Twitter account, which has garnered a large following.

2022:

  • Burry warns of inflation and the potential for a recession.


He was born with retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer that caused him to lose his left eye at the age of two.

He is a voracious reader and has said that he reads up to 100 books per year.

He is a fan of heavy metal music, including bands such as Obituary, Lamb of God, Amon Amarth, Slipknot, King Diamond and Pantera.

He is an Asperger’s sufferer, and he has said that his condition helps him to see the world in a different way.

He is a strong advocate for evidence-based investing, and he believes that investors should focus on the underlying fundamentals of a company rather than the noise of the market.

He is a contrarian investor, and he is not afraid to go against the crowd.

He is a philanthropist, and he has donated millions of dollars to various causes.

He was portrayed by Christian Bale in the 2015 film “The Big Short.”

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