2018 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

(May 5, 2018) Buffett is “delighted” Apple is buying back $100B of its shares as Berkshire dramatically increases its stake in the iPhone maker. He also reveals why Berkshire won’t be buying Microsoft stock, predicts cryptocurrencies will come to “bad endings,” describes the goals for his new partnership with Amazon and JPMorgan on health care... Continue Reading →

On Successor Salary

(May 6, 2017) Warren Buffett famously receives only $100,000 a year to be Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO. But what about the next person to have that job?

Why 3G Capital Cut Jobs and Berkshire Doesn’t

(May 6, 2017) Warren Buffett says improved productivity, sometimes as the result of job cuts, helps fuel America’s growth. He admires the way 3G Capital, Berkshire Hathaway’s partner in acquiring Kraft Heinz, trims fat but admits he doesn’t like to do it himself.

2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

(May 6, 2017) A series of scandals at Wells Fargo has Buffett defending Berkshire’s big stake in the bank. He also makes the case for his Coca-Cola habit, explains why he changed his mind on the airline stocks he once called a “death trap,” criticizes “financial helpers,” and reveals the stock he was “too dumb”... Continue Reading →

2016 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

(April 30, 2016) After buying Precision Castparts for $37 billion, Buffett analyzes why the high-tech equipment maker will be better off as part of Berkshire. He also predicts how Berkshire would be affected by Donald Trump in the White House, dismisses “due diligence,” details why Berkshire won’t be taken over by activist investors, and claims... Continue Reading →

On Berkshire Culture

(April 30, 2016) Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger explain why they’re confident Berkshire Hathaway’s culture will last even after Buffett’s son Howard no longer serves as non-executive chairman.

2015 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

A newspaper exposé has Buffett defending Berkshire subsidiary Clayton Homes from accusations it steers buyers into loans they can’t pay back. He also backs large job cuts at newly-acquired Kraft Heinz, explains why he doesn’t “talk up” Berkshire’s investments, reveals his most memorable failure, and advises aspirational businesspeople to stay away from business school. Prior... Continue Reading →

Self-Reinforcing Culture

(May 2, 2015) Warren Buffett explains why he’s confident that Berkshire Hathaway’s culture is so “deeply embedded” that it will continue long after he and Charlie Munger are gone.

How Warren Buffett Run Berkshire Hathaway

(May 1, 2015) The management philosophy of Warren Buffett Berkshire Hathaway grows out of the same insight: that intangible values such as thrift or autonomy can translate into economic gain. Berkshire’s subsidiaries run businesses and adopt approaches that turn traits like reputation and a sense of permanence into constituent satisfaction and managerial flexibility that bolsters financial... Continue Reading →

2014 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

Buffett explains why he, as a member of Coca-Cola’s board, abstained on a vote approving an executive compensation plan he thought was “excessive.” He also argues that CEO’s salaries should be kept secret, criticizes some activist investors for their short-term goals, and rejects the view that corporate taxes are too high. Prior to the 2014... Continue Reading →

2013 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

Warren Buffett recounts how Berkshire partnered with 3G Capital’s Jorge Paulo Lemann to make their $23B acquisition of Heinz. He is also challenged about why GEICO is not copying Progressive’s use of technology that tracks driver behavior, defends buying newspapers after previously saying the industry was dying, and gives credit to President George W. Bush... Continue Reading →

2012 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

Two weeks after announcing he’d begin treatment for stage I prostate cancer, Buffett assures shareholders the diagnosis is a “minor event.” He also explains why he won’t invest in Apple or Google, denounces the effect of “huge” money on politics, calls health care costs a “tapeworm” afflicting the economy, and defends the “Buffett Rule” and... Continue Reading →

Howard Buffett as Non-Executive Chairman

(December 11, 2011) America’s third richest man, Warren Buffett, announced on 60 Minutes tonight that his son Howard would succeed him as chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. Howard will serve as guardian of the company’s values but having nothing to do with the firm’s investment decisions.  

2011 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

Warren Buffett answers pointed questions about ousted Berkshire executive David Sokol’s suspicious involvement in the acquisition of Lubrizol and explains why he still finds Sokol’s actions “inexplicable.” Buffett also calls for CEOs to be left “dead broke” after a bailout. Warren Buffett previewed the 2011 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting with CNBC. He expected to discuss the David... Continue Reading →

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