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Forget Buffett. Follow these top investors

Jeffrey Smith, Starboard Value
David Grogan | CNBC
Jeffrey Smith, Starboard Value

Investment disclosures by Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett garner the most attention, with disciples now dissecting his decision to add Deere and shed Exxon Mobil during the last quarter.

No slight intended to Buffett, but it's especially hard to beat the market when one tries to mimic such a widely followed portfolio.

That's why CNBC.com, working with innovative hedge fund database Symmetric, found the best performing investors you probably have never heard of handily beat the market these days.