No Argument in 55 Years

(May 4, 2013) Warren Buffett explains how he and Charlie Munger have avoided arguing during the 55 years they’ve worked together.

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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 →

Howard Buffett as Independent Chairman

(April 30, 2011) Warren Buffett wants his son Howard to serve as independent chairman of Berkshire Hathaway after his death. He explains why this is especially important in light of Berkshire executive David Sokol’s improper actions and subsequent resignation.

2010 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

Buffett explains why he doesn’t agree with the SEC’s fraud charges against Goldman Sachs. He also sees signs of recovery for a “sputtering” economy and sharply criticizes Kraft’s purchase of Cadbury. Munger makes the case that McDonald’s has “succeeded better as an educator” than the nation’s universities. Warren Buffett accepted an interview on Fox business news... Continue Reading →

Class B Stock Split Was “Easy Decision”

(January 20, 2010) On the morning of a special meeting of shareholders called to approve a 50-for-1 split of Berkshire Class B shares, Warren Buffett explains how the BNSF acquisition prompted him to make an exception to his long-standing aversion to stock splits. He also strongly criticizes Kraft’s planned purchase of Cadbury.

2009 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

As the country continued to stagger just months after the credit crisis exploded, Buffett endorses the government’s response to “a situation that was as close to a total meltdown throughout the financial system as I think you can imagine.” He details how GEICO benefited from the crisis, and predicts a full housing recovery will take... Continue Reading →

Susan Lucci Takes Over Berkshire Hathaway

(May 3, 2008) Actress Susan Lucci makes an appearance at the Berkshire meeting, joking that she has swapped jobs with Warren Buffett. Buffett returns, however, when Lucci starts describing the changes she’s planning for the company.

2008 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

Warren Buffett sounds the alarm about “too big to fail” financial firms that have taken on too much risk to manage, and Munger call the housing bubble a “particularly foolish mess.” They also urge investors to quickly take advantage of market dislocations because they don’t last long, and Buffett worries about what he calls the... Continue Reading →

Challenge of Successors

(May 5, 2007) Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger describe what they are looking for in Berkshire managers and why the right people are hard to come by.

2007 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

Buffett expects “suffering” in the subprime mortgage market, but doesn’t see it as a “huge anchor” for the economy. Munger partially blames “evil and stupid” accountants. He and Buffett also debunk the commonly-held belief that volatility is a measurement of risk, and Buffett explains why he is “outsourcing” his philanthropy.

2006 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger explain why they are very enthusiastic about Berkshire’s purchase of Israeli toolmaker ISCAR. They also discuss rising real estate prices, warn against speculative commodity bubbles, and tell investors not to let the markets “instruct” them.

2005 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

Buffett warns of “pretty serious consequences” as house prices soar. He also reminds investors they don’t get the benefit of a “degree of difficulty” adjustment, recalls how he first became interested in investing when he was a child, and explains why a good public school system is a lot like virginity, as Munger attacks “stupid... Continue Reading →

2004 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

Buffett strongly defends himself from an accusation by CalPERS that it’s a conflict of interest for him to be on Coca-Cola’s board. He also reveals why many CEOs are paid too much, admits to a mistake that cost the company $10 billion, explains why temperament is more important for investing than intelligence, and discusses his... Continue Reading →

2003 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

Buffett issues what he calls a “wakeup call” that the ballooning and thoughtless use of risky derivatives could contribute to a future financial crisis. He also compares Berkshire’s success to a snowball, specifies the one key trait he looks for in managers, tells why he doesn’t take a “performance fee,” and defines “success” and “happiness.”... Continue Reading →

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