Precious metals fanatic Eric Sprott has recently claimed to hold 90% of his assets outside of Sprott Inc. shares, in gold and silver. The Merrill Lynch research-analyst-turned-fund-manager sold his entire interest in his first independent venture, Sprott Securities, to the firm's employees in 2001. That same year he donated $10 million to his alma mater, Carleton University, which proceeded to rename its business school in Sprott's honor. He took his current operation, Sprott Asset Management, public on the eve of the 2008 financial crisis; shares fell more than 73% in the months that followed. After a comeback in 2011, shares are down just 27% from their debut.