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Warren Buffett

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Warren Buffett

American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist add

Category: Business

Born in 1930.

Countries: United States (63%), (12%), China (3%)

Main connections: Berkshire Hathaway, Bill Gates, Victor Posner

Linked to: Berkshire Hathaway, Forbes, Goldman Sachs, Girls, Inc.




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Warren Buffett was born in 1930 add something


Buffett entered college as a freshman in 1947 at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania and studied there for two years from 1947 to 1949 add something


He earned a Master of Science in economics from Columbia in 1951 add something


Buffett married Susan Buffett in 1952 add something


In April 1952, Buffett discovered Graham was on the board of GEICO insurance add something


In 1957, Buffett had three partnerships operating the entire year add something


In 1958 the Buffett's third child, Peter Andrew Buffett, was born add something


In 1959, the company grew to six partnerships operating the entire year and Buffett was introduced to Charlie Munger add something


Private equity - Similar to the approach employed in the McLean transaction, the use of publicly traded holding companies as investment vehicles to acquire portfolios of investments in corporate assets was a relatively new trend in the 1960s popularized by the likes of Warren Buffett and Victor Posner and later adopted by Nelson Peltz , Saul Steinberg and Gerry Schwartz


Leveraged buyout - Similar to the approach employed in the McLean transaction, the use of publicly traded holding companies as investment vehicles to acquire portfolios of investments in corporate assets was a relatively new trend in the 1960s, popularized by the likes of Warren Buffett and Victor Posner , and later adopted by Nelson Peltz , Saul Steinberg and Gerry Schwartz


Early history of private equity - Similar to the approach employed in the McLean transaction, the use of publicly traded holding companies as investment vehicles to acquire portfolios of investments in corporate assets would become a new trend in the 1960s popularized by the likes of Warren Buffett and Victor Posner and later adopted by Nelson Peltz , Saul Steinberg and Gerry Schwartz


History of private equity and venture capital - Similar to the approach employed in the McLean transaction, the use of publicly traded holding companies as investment vehicles to acquire portfolios of investments in corporate assets would become a new trend in the 1960s popularized by the likes of Warren Buffett and Victor Posner and later adopted by Nelson Peltz , Saul Steinberg and Gerry Schwartz


Berkshire Hathaway - In 1962, Warren Buffett began buying stock in Berkshire Hathaway after noticing a pattern in the price direction of its stock whenever the company closed a mill


In 1966, Buffett closed the partnership to new money add something


In 1967, Berkshire paid out its first and only dividend of 10 cents add something


John Larry Kelly, Jr. - Warren Buffett met Thorp the first time in 1968


In 1969, following his most successful year, Buffett liquidated the partnership and transferred their assets to his partners add something


Additionally, Buffett fears we may revisit a 1970s level of inflation, which led to a painful stagflation that lasted many years add something


In 1970, as chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett began writing his now-famous annual letters to shareholders add something


In 1973, Berkshire began to acquire stock in the Washington Post Company add something


In 1974, the SEC opened a formal investigation into Warren Buffett and Berkshire's acquisition of WESCO, due to possible conflict of interest add something


She had lived with him since his wife's departure to San Francisco in 1977 add something


The couple began living separately in 1977, although they remained married until her death in July 2004 add something


Both papers lost money, until the "Courier-Express" folded in 1982 add something


In 1990, a scandal involving John Gutfreund surfaced add something


Gutfreund left the company in August 1991 add something


Buffett became Chairman of Salomon until the crisis passed; on September 4, 1991, he testified before Congress add something


In 1998, in an unusual move, he acquired General Re for stock add something


NetJets - In 1998, after being a NetJets customer for three years, Warren Buffett, Chairman & CEO of the Berkshire Hathaway company, acquired NetJets Inc.


In 1999, Buffett was named the top money manager of the Twentieth Century in a survey by the Carson Group, ahead of Peter Lynch and John Templeton add something


Safeco - Commercial credit operations were sold to General Electric in 2001, and on March 15, 2004, the company announced the sale of its most profitable division, the life insurance and investments business, to a group of private investors led by Safeco board members and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd., incorporating as Symetra Financial Corporation


In 2002, Buffett became involved with Maurice R. Greenberg at AIG, with General Re providing reinsurance add something


The trade deficit induced Buffett to enter the foreign currency market for the first time in 2002 add something


Buffett was finance advisor to California Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger during his 2003 election campaign add something


At the 2004 annual meeting, he lambasted a bill before the United States Congress that would consider only some company-issued stock options compensation as an expense, likening the bill to one that was almost passed by the Indiana House of Representatives to change the value of Pi from 3,14159 to 3,2 through legislative fiat add something


Steve Bannos - Bannos wrote the pre-taped Comedy Sketches starring Warren Buffett for the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting for the years 2004-2008


Bill Gates - In 2004 he became a director of Berkshire Hathaway, the investment company headed by long-time friend Warren Buffett


Buffett invested in PetroChina Company Limited and in a rare move, posted a commentary on Berkshire Hathaway's website stating why he would not divest from the company despite calls from some activists to do so, due to its connection with the Sudanese civil war that caused Harvard to divest from the company in 2005 add something


However, he substantially reduced his stake in 2005 as changing interest rates increased the costs of holding currency contracts add something


On March 15, 2005, AIG's board forced Greenberg to resign from his post as Chairman and CEO under the shadow of criticism from Eliot Spitzer, former attorney general of the state of New York add something


In 2006, he sponsored a bridge match for the Buffett Cup add something


Their daughter, Susie, lives in Omaha, Nebraska and does charitable work through the Susan A. Buffett Foundation and is a national board member of Girls, Inc. In 2006, on his seventy-sixth birthday, Warren married his longtime companion, Astrid Menks, who was 60 years old add something


Warren Buffett disowned his son Peter's adopted daughter, Nicole, in 2006 after she participated in the Jamie Johnson documentary, "The One Percent add something


In December 2006 it was reported that Buffett does not carry a cell phone, does not have a computer at his desk, and drives his own automobile, a Cadillac DTS add something


ISCAR Metalworking - In 2006, Warren Buffett purchased an 80 percent stake in the company


TaeguTec - In addition to the initial 80 per cent stake purchased in 2006, Warren Buffett paid additional 2 billion dollars for the remaining stake in TaeguTec parent IMC


Jackie Chan - In June 2006, he announced the donation of half his assets to charity upon his death, citing his admiration of the effort made by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to help those in need


He supported the hire of Bo Pelini following the 2007 season stating, "It was getting kind of desperate around here" add something


In 2007, Buffett testified before the Senate and urged them to preserve the estate tax so as to avoid a plutocracy add something


In 2007, Buffett's PacifiCorp, a subsidiary of his MidAmerican Energy Company, canceled six proposed coal-fired power plants add something


In 2007, he was listed among "Time"'s 100 Most Influential People in the world add something


In 2007, in a letter to shareholders, Buffett announced that he was looking for a younger successor, or perhaps successors, to run his investment business add something


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - In 2007, its founders were ranked as the second most generous philanthropists in America, and Warren Buffett the first


During the second 2008 U.S. presidential debate, candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, after being asked first by presidential debate mediator Tom Brokaw, both mentioned Buffett as a possible future Secretary of the Treasury add something


February 23, 2008 Buffett wrote her a letter stating, "I have not emotionally or legally adopted you as a grandchild, nor have the rest of my family adopted you as a niece or a cousin add something


He did, however, sell this stake soon afterwards, sparing him the billions of dollars he would have lost had he held on to the company in the midst of the steep drop in oil prices beginning in the summer of 2008 add something


He was ranked as the world's wealthiest person in 2008 and as the third wealthiest person in 2011 add something


In October 2008, "USA Today" reported that there were at least 47 books in print with Buffett's name in the title add something


In October 2008, the media reported that Warren Buffett had agreed to buy General Electric preferred stock add something


George Kaiser - Kaiser is listed third on "BusinessWeek"'s 2008 list of the top 50 American philanthropists, behind Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates


Carlos Slim - On March 5, 2008, "Forbes" ranked Slim as the world's second-richest person, behind Warren Buffett and ahead of Bill Gates


The Peter G. Peterson Foundation - "I.O.U.S.A." began nationwide showing at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, Nebraska, on 21 August 2008, with a live discussion among Warren Buffett, Pete Peterson, David Walker, William A. Niskanen, and Bill Novelli following the screening


Sam Nunn - In an interview with CNBC on August 22, 2008, billionaire investor Warren Buffett said that he favored Nunn as Obama's choice for Vice President


He watched the 2009 game against Oklahoma from the Nebraska sideline after being named an honorary assistant coach add something


In 2009, Gates regained the position of number one on the Forbes list, with Buffett second add something


In February 2009, Buffett sold some of the Procter & Gamble Co, and Johnson & Johnson shares from his portfolio add something


In March 2009, Buffett stated in a cable television interview that the economy had "fallen off a cliff add something


Measured by market capitalization in the Financial Times Global 500 Berkshire Hathaway as of June 2009 was the eighteenth largest corporation on earth add something


Nebraska - Omaha is home to Berkshire Hathaway, whose chief executive officer , Warren Buffett, was ranked in March 2009 by "Forbes" magazine as the second-richest person in the world


Most recently, Buffett, along with Bill Gates, was named the most influential global thinker in Foreign Policy's 2010 report add something


The merger with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway closed upon BNSF shareholder approval in 1Q2010 add something


Meg Whitman - In 2010, Warren Buffett asked Whitman to join the Giving Pledge in which billionaires would commit to donate half of their money to charity, and Whitman declined and said that she is committed to working with her foundation


Munich Re - In February 2010, U.S. investor Warren Buffett became Munich Re's largest single shareholder with 10,2 percent of the company


Subprime mortgage crisis - During May 2010, Warren Buffett and Paul Volcker separately described questionable assumptions or judgments underlying the U.S. financial and economic system that contributed to the crisis


Walter Scott, Jr. - In June 2010, when Warren Buffett appealed to him to join the Giving Pledge, he partially accepted, stating that after his death his remaining estate will go into his eponymous foundation


Bill Gates - Gates and his wife invited Joan Salwen to Seattle to speak about what the family had done, and on December 9, 2010, Gates, investor Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerberg signed a promise they called the "Gates-Buffet Giving Pledge", in which they promised to donate to charity at least half of their wealth over the course of time


In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom add something


On March 18, 2011, Goldman Sachs acquired Federal Reserve approval to buy back Berkshire's preferred stock in Goldman add something


Edward Asner - He made an appearance in the independent comedy feature "Not Another B Movie", and had a small but pivotal role as billionaire Warren Buffett in HBO's 2011 economy drama "Too Big to Fail"


FlightSafety International - On March 25, 2011, Berkshire Hathaway made its first foray into the Indian insurance sector with its non-direct subsidiary in the presence of Warren Buffett himself


Howard Graham Buffett - In December 2011, Warren Buffett told CBS News that he would like his son Howard to succeed him as Berkshire Hathaway's non-executive chairman


In 2012, American magazine "Time" named Buffett one of the most influential people in the world add something


On April 11, 2012, Buffett was diagnosed with stage I prostate cancer during a routine test add something


On April 11, 2012, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, add something


In May 2012, Buffett said he avoids buying stock in new social media companies like Facebook and Google because is it hard to estimate future value add something


In May 2012, it was announced that Warren Buffett had acquired Media General, owner of 63 newspapers in the south-eastern United States add something


On 15 September 2012, Buffett announced that he had completed the full 44-day radiation treatment cycle, saying "it's a great day for me" and "I am so glad to say that's over" add something


Abraham Flexner - Billionaire Warren Buffett said in a 2012 interview with The Economist that a book he read by Flexner had a "huge impact" on him as a teenager


Steve Bing - In April 2012, Bing committed to join the Giving Pledge, set up by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, to donate the majority of his wealth to charity over the course of his life time


Sara Blakely - In 2013 Blakely joined the Giving Pledge, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett's pledge for the world's richest people to give at least half their wealth to charity


Howard Graham Buffett - In 2013, he co-wrote "Forty Chances" with his son Howard Warren Buffett


David Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Turville - In 2013, together with his wife Susie, joined the Giving Pledge, the group started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, pledging to donate half his fortune to charitable trusts during his lifetime


Investment - In March 2013 " & Forbes" magazine had Warren Buffett ranked as number 2 in their Forbes 400 list


USG Corporation - In December 2013, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway became the largest shareholder in the company when it converted USG convertible notes it had acquired in 2008 to common stock


A September 2014 "Fast Company" article featured Buffett's avoid at all cost practice, used to prioritize personal goals add something


On December 16, 2015, Buffett endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for president add something


Clayton Homes - On May 2, 2015 the WSJ reported that Warren Buffett said that he makes no apologies for Clayton Homes' lending practices while defending the company at a shareholders meeting of Berkshire Hathaway


Gary K. Michelson - In the December 2015 issue of Forbes Magazine, Gary K. Michelson was featured alongside Warren Buffett, William A. Ackman, Michael Milken, Michael J. Fox as one of "10 People with Big Ideas to Change the World"


On August 1, 2016, Buffett challenged Donald Trump to release his tax returns add something


On October 10, 2016, after another reference to him in the 2nd 2016 presidential debate, Buffet released his own tax return add something


Eve Ensler - In 2016, Ensler co-signed a letter to Ban Ki-Moon calling for a more humane drug policy, along with people like Warren Buffett, John_Legend and Elizabeth Warren


Nathan Blecharczyk - On June 1, 2016, Blecharczyk joined Warren Buffett and Bill Gates' 'The Giving Pledge', a select group of billionaires who have committed to give the majority of their wealth away


Fruit of the Loom - In December 2016, Melissa Burgess Taylor was named chairman and CEO of Fruit of the Loom by Warren Buffett after the death of Rick Medlin


By 2017, the index fund was outperforming every hedge fund that had made the bet against Buffett by a significant margin add something


In April 2017 Buffett agreed to have his likeness placed on cherry coke products in China add something


Benjamin Graham - Arguably, his most famous student was Warren Buffett, who as of February 2017, was the second wealthiest person in the world


Bernie Sanders - Following the November 2017 revelations from the Paradise Papers and a recent report from the Institute for Policy Studies which says just three people, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, own more wealth than the bottom half of the U.S. population, Sanders stated that "we must end global oligarchy" and that "we need, in the United States and throughout the world, a tax system which is fair, progressive and transparent


In contrast to that, at the 2018 Berkshire Hathaway's shareholder meeting, he stated to use Google as his preferred search engine add something


In an interview with CNBC in January 2018, Buffett said that the recent craze over Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies won't end well, adding that "when it happens or how or anything else, I don't know add something


23andMe - In 2018, the company initiated a series of advertisements with well-known figures, firstly with Warren Buffett


Philip Arthur Fisher - In the 2018 Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting, Warren Buffett called Fisher's "Common stocks and uncommon profits" a "very very good book"


Benjamin Graham - Arguably, his most famous student was Warren Buffett, who as of January 2018, was the third wealthiest person in the world


Badr Jafar - In May 2018, Badr Jafar joined the Giving Pledge initiated by Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet


Berkshire Hathaway - Investment - On May 2, 2019, Warren Buffett told CNBC that one of Berkshire's investment managers, either Todd Combs or Ted Weschler, have been purchasing Amazon shares