Although Ning and Legg Mason would not comment, it is believed that Legg Mason star portfolio manager Bill Miller is behind the deal, since he has often made unorthodox investments. Furthermore, he is chairman of the Santa Fe Institute, which studies “natural, artificial and social systems.”
This isn’t the first time, either, that Legg Mason has invested in a technology company. It has a large holding in Convera, which allows companies to create specialized search engines.
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