In October 1972, Institutional Investor published “The Best Analysts of the Year,” our inaugural annual ranking of the top U.S. equity researchers as determined by leading money managers and buy-side analysts. Members of this distinguished group, collectively known as the All-­America Research Team, hailed from such firms as Burnham & Co.; Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp.; E.F. Hutton & Co.; and Salomon Brothers — to name just a few. Oppenheimer & Co. was the big winner that year, with 13 analysts tapped for the team.

In the decades since a total of 14,934 individuals have appeared on the All-­America Research Team. Of that number, only a very select few — 49, or one third of 1 percent — have so dominated their domains that they’ve succeeded in being named the top analysts in their respective sectors at least ten times.

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