GAMCO Expects to Report Earnings in 2005 that Match or Exceed 2004 Record of $2.06 per fully diluted share
Fourth Quarter 2005 Results Better than Anticipated but Lower than Fourth Quarter 2004

Rye, NY
January 12, 2006
  Contact:    Michael R. Anastasio
       Chief Financial Officer
       (914) 921-5147

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GAMCO Investors, Inc. (NYSE: GBL) expects to report earnings of $0.58 to $0.62 per fully diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2005 versus $0.65 per fully diluted share in the comparable 2004 quarter. Full year 2005 earnings are expected to be between $2.06 and $2.10 per fully diluted share as compared to $2.06 per fully diluted share in 2004.

As previously discussed in our third quarter 2005 earnings press release, fourth quarter 2005 operating profit was expected to decrease from the fourth quarter 2004 due to lower income from management fees earned on preferred shares issued by our closed-end funds and fulcrum fees from institutional accounts. However, the decline in fourth quarter 2005 operating profit was less than anticipated as a result of strong investment performance in our equity portfolios focused on absolute returns, during December 2005, despite a decline in most U.S. equity indices during the month. As expected, our fourth quarter 2005 results also benefited from a rise in investment income from higher interest rates, as compared to the prior year quarter. In anticipation of this higher income, the company added significantly to its investment professional team as well as to its administrative staff.

Equity assets under management were $26.0 billion on December 31, 2005 versus $26.7 billion on December 31, 2004. Overall, assets under management were $26.8 billion on December 31, 2005 versus $28.7 billion at the end of 2004.

GAMCO Investors, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manages assets of private advisory accounts (GAMCO), mutual funds and closed-end funds (Gabelli Funds, LLC), and partnerships and offshore funds (Investment Partnerships).


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