If ever a man did everything he could with what he was given, it was Sir John Templeton. Today, he died at the age of 95.
He will be remembered for his hard work ethic – working his way from poverty in Tennessee to go through Yale and Oxford and then becoming one of the wealthiest men in the world; his brilliant investment mind – becoming one of the first to invest in post World War II Japan, grabbing undervalued stocks and riding them until they became worthwhile investments, heading a growth fund that was the top performing one of the second half of the twentieth century; and his desire to reconcile deeply held religious faith with everyday life, especially science.
Sir John Templeton will be missed, but he does not miss this world. Today, he has come into his ultimate reward and the wisest investment he ever made is paying off beyond his wildest dreams.