I first met Martin in 1995, when my daughter Kari was attending 6th grade at the Weiss School, a school for gifted children which he and his wife founded. Weeks later, I joined Weiss Research, and I’ve been working very closely with Martin ever since. He is my publisher, my mentor, and above all, my friend. Over these years, I’ve always practiced what I preach: To prepare for future events, it’s always better to be early than sorry. That’s true for investing, and it’s true for life as well: You need a solid succession plan.