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Welcome to the Second Annual Foolies. All right, it's technically the "Fool Awards," but I'm trying to start a trend here!

We'll be looking back on a miserable year and voting on the best ... even if "the best" is occasionally just a nice way of saying "the worst."  

Your votes will determine the winners in our 10 categories, and settle important debates like:

  • Could Alan Mulally of Ford (NYSE: F  ) or John Thain of Merrill Lynch (now part of Bank of America (NYSE: BAC  ) ) really be the best CEO?
  • Was Iceland's meltdown a bigger surprise than JPMorgan Chase's (NYSE: JPM  ) Bear Stearns hug?
  • Better prognosticator: John "More money than Hank" Paulson, or Meredith "Wall Street will go down, and it will go down hard" Whitney?
  • Which is the more Foolish product: Nintendo's (OTC BB: NTDOY.PK) Wii Fit, or Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) iPhone App Store? Or will it be the Snuggie?
  • Will Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A  ) (NYSE: BRK-B  ) win four of the 10 awards, the way they did last year? (Spoiler alert: No ... we limited them to one category: Must-Read of the Year).

Without further ado, here are this year's Fool Award nominees:

Anand Chokkavelu owns shares of Apple and a faded "Fool Awards Rock" T-shirt. JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America are Motley Fool Income Investor recommendations. Nintendo, Berkshire Hathaway, and Apple are Motley Fool Stock Advisor selections. Berkshire Hathaway is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection. The Fool owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and has a disclosure policy.

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  • Report this Comment On January 09, 2009, at 11:57 AM, briboe wrote:

    How about everyone who purchased a subscription to The Motley Fool?

    I'll see how long it takes them to delete this post. They delete everything I post because they can't take constructive criticism.

  • Report this Comment On January 09, 2009, at 2:32 PM, FinancialFellow wrote:

    I'm a bit surprised that the Bernard Madoff $50 billion ponze scheme didn't make the list of biggest surprises for the year. Not sure if a large hedge fund fraudulently ripping off its investors is that big of a surprise anymore or if it was just an oversight...

    I wonder if folks are going to start moving away from hedge funds and give a second look to other forms of investments. One investment that I came across recently that can offer pretty good returns with minimal risk of fraud are tax liens:

  • Report this Comment On January 09, 2009, at 3:05 PM, thomharvick wrote:

    it might not be huge, but I vote for Daniel Laikin. I mean just look at what he has done for national lampoons inc.

    read the article here

    then cast your vote here

  • Report this Comment On January 09, 2009, at 3:55 PM, pondee619 wrote:

    Hey briboe:

    What was constructive about your post?

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2009, at 5:17 PM, UltraContrarian wrote:

    Not a single choice I voted for turned out to be in the lead. The odds of that happening randomly are approximately 11% (.8 ^ 10). But I guess they are somewhat increased for an ultra contrarian.

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