January 5, 2018 / 5:42 PM / 2 years ago

Emerging markets pioneer Mark Mobius retires from Franklin Templeton

Mark Mobius, executive chairman at Templeton Emerging Markets Group, speaks during the SALT conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Brian

(Reuters) - Well-known emerging markets investor Mark Mobius will retire from Franklin Templeton Investments at the end of January, the investment fund said on Friday.

Mobius, hired by Sir John Templeton in 1987 to launch one of the first mutual funds dedicated to developing economies, ran the firm’s emerging markets team until 2016, when he passed on his role as chief investment officer to Stephen Dover.

As executive chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group (TEMG), he oversaw around $50 billion in investments and remained one of the best-known names in emerging market investment.

Franklin Templeton is a unit of Franklin Resources Inc.

Reporting by Nikhil Subba in Bengaluru; editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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