Warren “I’m going to be the Osama bin Laden of capitalism" Buffett Extends Challenge To Goldman Sachs


Last Friday, the Federal Reserve gave Goldman Sachs the greenlight to buy back the $5 billion of preferred stock Berkshire Hathaway bought when things got dicey in 2008. Though he knew the day was coming, Buffett was not looking forward to the news, as the terms of the investment were highly favorable for the Oracle of O, netting him more than $15 dollars a second. Over the weekend Buffett confirmed his displeasure and sent a message to Lloyd and Co that if they want their preferred shares back they're gonna have to find him first, which will prove difficult, as he's decided to take a page from from Osama bin Laden's playbook.

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett warned that he would go to great lengths to avoid having his preferred shares in Goldman Sachs called in by the investment bank. Now he seems to be making good on his threats. On Saturday, Buffett boarded a private jet bound for Daegu, South Korea. "I'm going to be the Osama bin Laden of capitalism. I'm on my way to an unknown destination in Asia where I'm going to look for a cave," he joked. "If the U.S. Armed forces can't find Osama bin Laden in 10 years, let Goldman Sachs try to find me."

This of course fails to take into account that if Goldman was the one tasked with finding ObL it would've been a done deal in about 36 hours but nevertheless, challenge accepted?


Goldman Sachs Can Fix This

A week ago today, a man named Greg Smith resigned from Goldman Sachs. As a sort of exit interview, Smith explained his reasons for departing the firm in a New York Times Op-Ed entitled "Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs." The equity derivatives VP wrote that Goldman had "veered so far from the place I joined right out of college that I can no longer in good conscience say I identify with what it stands for." Smith went on to note that whereas the Goldman of today is "just about making money," the Goldman he knew as a young pup "revolved around teamwork, integrity, a spirit of humility, and always doing right by our clients." It was a culture that made him "love working for the firm" and its absence had stripped him of "pride and belief" he once held in the place. While claiming that Goldman Sachs has become virtually unrecognizable from the institution founded by Marcus (Goldman) and Samuel (Sachs), which put clients ahead of its own interests, is hardly a new argument, there was something about Smith's words that gave readers a moment's pause. He was so deeply distraught over the differences between the Goldman of 2012 and the Goldman of 2000 (when he was hired) that suggested...more. That he'd seen things. Things that had made an imprint on his soul. Things that he couldn't forget. Things that he held up in his heart for how Goldman should be and things that made it all the more difficult to ignore when it failed to live up to that ideal. Things like this: