Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha, is the world’s foremost investor. There have been dozens of books written about him, and he is probably one of the most quoted financial investors in the world. People flock from all over just to ask him questions at his annual shareholder’s meeting. But, how much do we really know about Buffett? Here are 10 facts that might surprise you about the second richest man in the world:
1. His allowance was a nickel a week when he was a kid
According to an interview on HBO’s Becoming Warren Buffett documentary, Buffett earned a nickel a week from his father when he was growing up. Of course, he quickly supplemented this with additional jobs including selling stamps and delivering papers. Continue reading ‘10 Surprising Facts About Warren Buffett’ »
In America, there is a running dialogue that America isn’t as great as it once was. President Trump ran on the “Make America Great Again” slogan, and the theme has continued through his presidency so far. However, some people have argued that America is already great. Warren Buffett, a staunch democrat who supported Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, is one of those people.
Of course, this isn’t going to be surprising to anyone who knows anything about the Oracle of Omaha. Buffett has long been a proponent of American markets and how the country, despite its ups and downs, is really a pretty great place. He frequently talks about winning the “ovarian lottery” when he was born in America. Continue reading ‘Does Buffett Think America is Great?’ »
Warren Buffett is often called the “Oracle of Omaha” or the “Sage of Omaha.” While there is some doubt on where the nickname came from, the implication is obvious: Buffett’s success is almost precognitive. In fact, his company has beaten the S&P 500 consistently for around 50 years. There’s no doubt that Buffet is good at what he does.
But, despite his immense success, the one thing that Warren Buffett has openly said that he cannot predict—and indeed would not really want to predict—is market movements. He has highlighted this in multiple interviews and shareholder letters, including in the 2014 letter, where he told shareholders he had no idea where his company would be in a year. Continue reading ‘The One Thing Warren Buffett Can’t Predict’ »
Warren Buffett has been lauded as the world’s greatest investor. He seems to have this almost uncanny knack for picking stocks and despite the fact that he asserts no one can predict the stock market, he has a ridiculous record for doing better handpicking stocks than anyone else. In fact, his stock Berkshire Hathaway has beaten the S&P 500 pretty consistently since Buffett took over in 1965.
Berkshire’s success can be chalked up to a number of things, including the company’s constant growth through purchases, the growth due to bolt-on acquisitions, and increased value through subsidies. In the 52 years that Buffett has been at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway, the company’s per-share book value has only declined twice. Continue reading ‘How Much Better Has Buffett Performed than the S&P 500?’ »
Warren Buffett is the world’s most successful investor. He’s beaten the market consistently for years, so it’s no wonder that people are clamoring for his advice. You can learn a lot by reading his shareholder letters or checking out some of his favorite investing books, and throughout all of them there are some concepts that you’ll see repeated over and over.
Here are 10 of Buffett’s most repeated (and best) investing tips for the average investor: Continue reading ‘Warren Buffett’s Top 10 Investment Tips’ »
It’s no secret that Buffett actually purchased Berkshire Hathaway out of anger at the former CEO. At the time he started buying shares, they were worth less than $10 per share. When he took control of the company and began to turn it around, shares were valued at less than $30. However, over the decades of his tenure as the chairman of the company, it has grown into one of the world’s largest and most successful companies. Now in 2017, Berkshire Hathaway is the world’s most expensive stock and its Class A stocks go for around $250,000 each.
But what does Buffett think the stocks are actually worth? Well, as it turns out, that question is harder to answer than it might seem. Continue reading ‘What Does Buffett Think Berkshire Stock is Really Worth?’ »
Warren Buffett is a huge fan of March Madness and has issued a challenge to his employees a few times now, daring them to select the correct winners for the tournament. This year’s challenge, which we wrote about earlier this month, was a little different than previous years. This year, Buffett offered up $1 million per year for life to the employee who could correctly guess the winning combination.
For this first round of the NCAA March Madness Men’s Basketball Tournament, which ended last Friday, one contest winner has been awarded $100,000 for getting 29 of the first 32 games correct. The winner’s name was not released by Berkshire Hathaway, although it did state that the employee was a welder at a Precision Castparts facility in West Virginia. Continue reading ‘Berkshire Employee Wins $100,000 in Buffett’s NCAA Challenge’ »
Warren Buffett, the Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, is one of the richest men in the world. At the time of writing, he is ranked #2 in the world and has a wealth of around $78 billion, most of which is in his company. No one would deny that he is rich. However, he is also one of the world’s top philanthropists.
In fact, Buffett routinely gives to charity and has pledged to give away 99% of his wealth either before or after he dies. He and his friend Bill Gates started the Giving Pledge, and their moves have inspired other billionaires to give back to the world. But, why does Buffett give his money away? Continue reading ‘Why Does Warren Buffett Give Away Money?’ »
Although Warren Buffett tries to separate out his politics from his business, sometimes the two overlap. This tends to result in a little bit of a confusing message overall. Nowhere is this more apparent than when it comes to global warming. The topic has always been extremely controversial, and there is plenty of evidence for both sides which makes it something of a mess for companies and businesses to address.
However, Warren Buffett has to have a stance on the subject because of the variety of companies that he owns and supports, many of which use fossil fuels. The Berkshire Hathaway Energy company still uses coal in addition to natural gas and more sustainable solutions like wind and solar energy. Buffett himself, therefore, definitely has a dog in the race, although his opinions might be surprising to some. Continue reading ‘Buffett on Global Warming’ »
While the concept of $8 trillion might seem absolutely impossible to really grasp for average person, the fact is that there are more billionaires now than there have ever been. The total number of billionaires in the world has actually increased by 3% since last year according to the Hurun Global Rich List, and the combined fortunes of the world’s billionaires has jumped 16% since 2016.
This probably isn’t surprising to anyone who has read this blog. In fact, Buffett himself leapt into second place in the list of the world’s richest men. In the last few months alone, his net worth has leapt from $73 billion to around $78 billion. Most of his wealth is located in his company, Berkshire Hathaway, which means that it’s subject to market rises, but among billionaires that’s not uncommon. The richest man in the world at the time of writing is Buffett’s friend Bill Gates, who has $81 billion. Continue reading ‘Today’s Billionaires Are Worth $8 Trillion’ »