AFR have named and profiled 5 of Australia's top young stock pickers. AFR Magazine polled dozens of fund managers, research houses and financial advisers in a quest to seek out the best young money managers in the country. Market veteran and cult figure Anton Tagliaferro says to make the top grade you need to be passionate. You've got to really understand how a company makes money. You've got to be able to assess a company's vision and plans, and whether their assumptions are prudent. Steve Johnson from Intelligent Investor and Chris Stott from Wilson Asset Management are both regular Livewire contributors who made the final cut (congratulations guys). The other names come from well-credentialed houses such as Perpetual and Platinum Asset Management as well as boutique manager LHC Capital. Find out who are the top 5 you managers in the following article it's an interesting read. (VIEW LINK)

Steve Johnson

The one thing they teach everyone at fund manager school - you are NOT allowed to smile

James Marlay

Very serious photos Steve!