Bill Miller, chief investment officer at Legg Mason Capital Management
Miller's Legg Mason Value Trust was down 59% this year through Dec. 2, posting a far worse showing than the S&P 500, which was down "only" 38%.
Miller's problems stem mostly from big bets on beaten-down financial companies earlier this year, many of which then got even more beaten down. Among the biggest losers for Miller were Bear Stearns, AIG and Freddie Mac - in which Miller had amassed an 8% stake on the eve of its government takeover in September. -- By Colin Barr, Fortune senior writer
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