Warren Buffett

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    Bill and Warren At Hooters

    Apparently this is a very old story but it’s one that’s news to us: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates eat free at Hooters for life. Last October, the story goes, Warren and Bill had the excellent adventure of hanging out with Berkshire Hathaway’s board of directors at Hooters. As far as we can tell, this […]

    / Apr 9, 2007 at 1:35 PM
  • Amaranth, Companies, Hedge Funds, LTCM, Microsoft, Warren Buffett

    How Bill Gates Made Long Term Capital Management’s Meltdown Worse

    We can’t believe that this is the first time we’ve ever heard this story. The basics are known to everyone. Long Term Capital Management, the now infamous hedge fund started by the real-life characters from Michael Lewis’s Liar’s Poker, collapsed dramatically in a very short period of time when bond spreads moved in an unlikely […]

    / Apr 4, 2007 at 2:15 PM
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    Thanks for the Memories: Warren Buffett!

    Warren Buffett is probably the most beloved figure in American finance. He is adored by his shareholders, and the annual statements of his company are read like they came from a burning bush with a better sense of humor. The shareholders meeting in Omaha is Woodstock for the financially conservative. And, as we discovered when […]

    / Mar 29, 2007 at 3:33 PM
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    Richest Man In Mexico Hating On Gates, Buffett and Santa Claus

    It’s a sad state of affairs when you have to go all the way to Mexico to find an unapologetic, Ayn Rand, Gordon Gekko style wealthy capitalist to pronounce anathema on charity and sing the praises of making money and building business. But that’s where we are. Our guys—Bill Gates and Warren Buffett—are all about […]

    / Mar 14, 2007 at 10:20 AM
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    What Sarbanes-Oxley Cost Warren Buffet

    You know sometimes you walk into a restaurant and you see a couple of people you know. You stroll by the table to say hello and immediately you get that feeling—the one that tells you that you are interrupting something. Something intimate. This isn’t just a dinner. Not just friends out for drinks. This is […]

    / Mar 13, 2007 at 11:39 AM
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    Buffett Buffet

    A lucky, lucky bastard and likely D&D freak, “jaragon,” was the high—and only—bidder on a private dinner with Robert Redford, Tim McGraw and Warren Buffett in a charity auction at Charityfolks.com; jaragon bid $5,000. The dinner will be at Buffett’s daughter’s home on March 10, and a roast duck with a mango salsa will be […]

    / Mar 6, 2007 at 9:30 AM
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    It’s My Mother, I’ll Put It on Speaker Phone

    Last week I told you that after reading Warren Buffett’s annual letter to his shareholders, I was kind of starting to sort of like the crazy old kook. Today, after little thought and practically no deliberation, I am proud to tell you that I have upgraded my previous sentiments to being Fatal Attraction-sociopath-stalker in love […]

    / Mar 5, 2007 at 2:40 PM
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    Reading Warren Buffett’s Letter to the Shareholders: Wherein We Kind of Start to like the Crazy Old Guy

    If DealBreaker readers know one thing, it’s that John Carney hates Warren Buffett. Over the last several months JC has publicly taunted and ridiculed the septuagenarian and wondered aloud “how great an investor this chump really is,” polled clergy members regarding the question, “Is Warren Buffett going to hell?” and publicly aligned himself with the […]

    / Mar 2, 2007 at 4:02 PM
  • Business Week, Warren Buffett

    Fortune Magazine Editor And/Or Warren Buffett’s Editor

    Chris Roush at the Talking Biz News blog points out that within an hour of the release of Berkshire Hathaway’s annual report, Fortune Magazine was reporting the content of the report. What’s more, Fortune sent out an email touting three different stories about Warren Buffett. So how did Fortune accomplish this bit of speedy journalism? […]

    / Mar 2, 2007 at 9:30 AM
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    Federal Authorities Intimidated By Black Turtleneck & iPhone? Investigating Grants To Jobs But Not Jobs Himself?

    The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that the feds are investigating Apple’s backdated stock options grants to Steve Jobs. The way the story reads, however, makes it sound as if the investigators are reading from the script that Al Gore and Steve Jobs wrote: no wrong doing by current management–all the backdating miscreants are […]

    / Jan 12, 2007 at 10:35 AM
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    Do You Prefer ‘Fashion Victim’ Or ‘Ensembly Challenged’?

    The mere fact that we’re mentioning this will likely cause many of you to pop a blood vessel and/or shame us for such insolence in the town square, but it would be grossly remiss (and out of character) for us not to direct your attention to these truly newsworthy items: the top ten reasons Warren […]

    / Dec 7, 2006 at 2:53 PM
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    The Buffett People Strike Back: The Da Vinci of Omaha?

    One of the reasons we love poking fun at Warren Buffett is the reaction we get from his many admirers, fans, groupies and cultists. Our latest post on the old man of Omaha, wondering if part of the mysterious hold Buffett seems to have over the psyches of some people was based on his resemblance […]

    / Dec 6, 2006 at 2:14 PM
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    Drywall For Buffett?

    Making gypsum wallboard may not be the most glamorous business, but some investors seem to be betting that it will catch the eye of billionaire investor Warren E. Buffett. Shares of building-materials company USG rose 8.3 percent on speculation that Mr. Buffett, its biggest shareholder, may want to buy the company, Bloomberg News reported. An […]

    / Dec 1, 2006 at 10:53 AM
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    Grandma Buffett

    As you might have noticed, we kind of don’t get the appeal of Warren Buffett. Other than the whole, you know, making a lot of money thing. But beyond that, we’re kind of creeped out by the weird cult of personality he seems to attract. (And if you have your doubts about this, take a […]

    / Nov 27, 2006 at 3:03 PM
  • Philanthropy, Warren Buffett

    Those No Good Philanthropists

    As part of its series on philanthropy, Slate on Friday ran a feature on a nineteenth century critique of philanthropy inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s announcement that he was going to give away his fortune. Surprisingly, it’s not the classical liberal critique we expected it to be. It’s more along the lines of “Will Warren Buffett […]

    / Nov 13, 2006 at 4:16 PM
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    Lindsay Campbell (Hearts) Warren Buffett

    As you know from our weekly Friday links to WallStrip, Lindsay Campbell is nicer to look at than some of us here at DealBreaker. (Hint: he’s usually sitting to her right on Fridays.) She’s also just plain nicer. So we thought we’d throw a bone to you Warren Buffett fans out there and post Lindsay’s […]

    / Nov 6, 2006 at 4:58 PM
  • CNBC, Liz Claman, Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett Is Uncomfortable Around Regular Guy

    This clip is from CNBC’s Liz Claman’s trip to Omaha to visit Warren Buffett. About thirty-seconds into the clip, some random guy in the shopping mall decides that its his chance to meet a billionaire, interrupts the interview and says hello. Random dude is pretty relaxed, especially since there is a camera crew circling around. […]

    / Nov 6, 2006 at 11:58 AM
  • Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett

    Berkshire Hathaway Stock Price As An Agency Cost

    The stunningly high price of Berkshire Hathaway stock—now over $100,000—might make many companies consider a stock split. Investors like splits because they can make the equity trade easier. There’s a far more limited numbers of buyers for a stock priced at $100K than at $100. But Berkshire Hathaway has refused to split its stock despite […]

    / Oct 26, 2006 at 11:02 AM
  • Aleksey Vayner, Lucy Gao, Plotkin, Sadly, Not Yet True, Warren Buffett

    Aleksey Vayner Responds To Lucy Gao’s Personal Ad

    Of course, this hasn’t actually gone through the trouble of actually happening. Yet. It’s just the latest from the warped minds at the Long Or Short Capital blog. The set up is that Lucy Gao takes out a personal ad inviting readers to a “party” that is taking place in her pants. And Aleksey responds. […]

    / Oct 17, 2006 at 3:54 PM
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    Hey Look! We Agree With Warren Buffett!

    Backdating. Pretexting. The excuse is always the same—everyone else was doing it. (Or “Larry Sonsini said it was okay.”) And it’s lame. And Warren Buffett has had enough of it. The “Sage of Omaha” warns that poor corporate governance cannot be forgiven just because the practice is widespread. “The five most dangerous words in business […]

    / Oct 10, 2006 at 12:03 PM
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    Buying Warren Buffet’s Ride

    Would you feel good or bad if you bought a used car for several hundred times its blue book value? Of course, when the car you buy belongs to Warren Buffett, you aren’t just buying a car. You’re buying access to the oracle of Omaha. And what is that access worth? Well, the market value […]

    / Oct 2, 2006 at 11:11 AM
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    Warren Buffett’s King David Act

    Warren Buffett is in Israel now, touring the facilities of Iscar Ltd., the metal-cutting tools company his investment company acquired for $4 billion two-and-a-half months ago. The company is located near the Lebanese border and was briefly shuttered during the recent outbreak of warfare there. Buffett has reserved the entire King David Hotel in Jerusalem […]

    / Sep 18, 2006 at 2:31 PM
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    Warren Buffett’s Granddaughter: But Is Her Art Any Good?

    You already know that we think Nicole Buffett is cute and bright. And you know what we think of old Warren. So you can imagine how totally crushed we were when a spokesperson for Nicole rebuffed our efforts to interview her. So NPR is good enough for her but not DealBreaker? We’re heartbroken. Since we […]

    / Sep 8, 2006 at 3:13 PM
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    Nicole Buffett Sounds Rather Sweet

    So after our last post we were wondering what Nicole could have done to provoke grandpa Warren’s wrath. It’s always possible, we thought, that she’s some sort of kooky chick with parent/grandparent issues who is dragging her family’s name through the mud. But guess what? She’s not. She looks a bit crunchy—but then she’s an […]

    / Sep 7, 2006 at 1:08 PM
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    Warren Buffett disowns his granddaughter

    Warren Buffett may not want to pass his fortune on to his family when he shuffles off his mortal coil and greets whatever fate awaits him in the afterlife, but while he’s alive he certainly wants to keep a tight reign on the lives of his family members. At least, that’s what his recent declaration […]

    / Sep 7, 2006 at 12:05 PM
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    Warren Buffett Gets Married

    So it seems that our gift wasn’t enough for Warren. Yesterday he decided to make an honest woman of long-time girl friend Astrid Menks. Of course, Warren didn’t spring for a nice ceremony—the whole affair took 15 minutes, was held at his daughter’s house and apparently no one was invited. Even worse—no honeymoon. Well done, […]

    / Aug 31, 2006 at 9:30 AM
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    Happy Birthday Warren Buffett

    Despite what many in the business media seem to believe, Warren Buffett did not spring fully formed from the mind of Zeus. He too was born of woman and today the old guy celebrates his 76th birthday. As a gift to him, for the rest of the day we’re not going to use phrases like […]

    / Aug 30, 2006 at 1:50 PM

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