When investors are looking for a steady-eddy blue chip to consistently compound over the long run, many default to Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A). The industry's worst-kept investing secret may not be the best buy in this space though. That award could go to Markel (NYSE:MKL) a company many have dubbed a "baby Berkshire." Though it comes with slightly more risk, there is also the potential for a lot more upside.

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