The Blind Multi-Millionaire Stock Investor

This is another inspiring story to prove that anybody can succeed in achieving their dreams if they put their mind to it. No obstacle, no matter how insurmountable, can stop you from being successful.


Meet Laura Sloate, aged 65. When Laura was aged 6, she became blind as a result of an illness that caused her retinas to become detached. When Laura was aged 10, she found her passion…stocks! Her dad who was an investor who would call her in on New Year’s Eve to calculate the value of his portfolio. She says she’d do the calculations in her head faster than he could with a pad and pencil.

She dreamt of becoming a stock analyst and a to make millions from the stock market. Her dream drove her to study hard and despite her blindness, graduated with a Masters Degree in History. While interviewing for her first job as a securities analyst, a research chief at a brokerage firm basically told her to forget about a career on Wall Street. “He said, ‘You have three things against you: You’re a woman; you can’t see; and you’re inexperienced,’ ”

Laura refused to believe it. She says, ‘”Blindness isn’t an obstacle. It just forces you to do things differently.” She proved him wrong. After landing her first job as a stock analyst after many many stinging rejections, she went on to become one of the top stock analysts and investors on Wall Street, achieving a 20%+ annual compounded return from the stock market that turned her into a millionaire.

Today, she manages a $405 million stock portfolio even though she can’t read a stock chart, scan a spreadsheet or look at an annual report. In 1974, she started her own investment firm, Sloate Weisman Murray & Co., She also manages the Strong Value fund, which gained 13% in 2008 despite the stock market’s crash during the financial crisis.

Paying the Price
So, how did Laura succeed despite all the odds stacked against her? How is she able to beat 95% of other stock analysts and money managers who only make 10%+ return a year and lost millions in the financial crisis?

It is because she is willing to pay the price for success and to work 10 times harder than a normal person who can see.

Laura sleeps less than four hours a night. Her day starts at 3:45 a.m. The minute she gets up she “flips on” the paper. Picking up the phone, she dials a number and keys in a six-digit access code. When the call connects, she gets a line-by-line account of stories published by top national newspapers

To keep up her level of energy at fitness (she is aged 65), she starts her exercise at 5:30 a.m. she’s climbing up and down 75 flights of stairs in her Manhattan apartment building. A personal trainer arrives at 6 a.m. to spot her during her workout with weights. The fit 5-foot-6, 110-pound Sloate bench-presses 60 pounds 60 times — in three consecutive supersets. She arrives at her Park Avenue office by 8:30 a.m.

Once at her office, she spends the whole day analyzing the stock market, news and other financial data. Because she’s blind, she uses technology to feed her the information.

She listens to breaking business news that spills out of her PC’s speakers at 320 words per minute. To Check stock quotes, she hits the F3 key on her PC and punches in the symbol ‘C’. A robotic voice responds with a quote for Citigroup, her top holding: “C… Bid … 50 … Point … 5265 … End … Ask … 50 … Point … 750 … End.”

To reading e-mail, she double clicks on a message from a Wall Street analyst dissecting Citigroup’s earnings report released before the bell. The computer reads the e-mail’s content to her . He work ends only midnight, every day! That is how you become the best in the world at what you do, you must be willing to pay the price.


  1. RAJMOHAN said:


    August 1, 2015
  2. dnshukla said:

    Thank you for keeping in touch with some of the best trading stories which we can not track.

    August 1, 2015
  3. Aditya said:

    Pranam sir…You are my mentor… Thnx a lot for your guidance and support. Waiting right time to meet you.

    August 1, 2015
  4. Bramesh said:

    Thanks all for your guru poornima wishes

    August 1, 2015
  5. Sandy said:

    There is no sink proof investment ,else we wouldnt have been here listening to Bramesh jis facts /blogs 🙂
    Have a nice weekend all friends

    July 31, 2015
  6. Sandy said:

    Simple huh Gaurav.I am sure you wouldnt have said the same some years back surely for DLF and Unitech.
    No one can ever ever take a stock for granted .You never know if Sun pharma or Dabur might become next DLF or Unitech in the next 5-10 years by buying and forgetting about them

    July 31, 2015
  7. Deepak said:


    July 31, 2015
  8. vikaskvikas said:

    Dear sir.
    please accept my gratitude on this Day…Guru Purnima.
    You are the best guide/ guru in my professional career.
    thanks for helping with your guidance course blogs n all.

    July 31, 2015
  9. Venky said:

    Gaurav!!! Is it so simple… Take the case of unitech for example

    July 31, 2015

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