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  • Warren Buffett was ranked #5 by Vanity Fair last week in its annual list of powerful people. Today, Mr. Buffett's holding company sits at number one in the third annual Barron's ranking of the world's most respected companies.

  • Why Warren Buffett is Riding the Rails Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 12:00 PM ET

    WBW has been reporting extensively on Warren Buffett's repeated purchases of Burlington Northern stock. Today there are a couple of pieces on the web exploring what makes Burlington and the railroads attractive.

  • Man Tries to Break Into Buffett's Nebraska Home Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 5:02 AM ET

    A man carrying a fake gun and wearing dark camouflage paint on his face was being sought Thursday for attempting to break into billionaire Warren Buffett's home in Omaha, Nebraska, police said.

  • CNBC's On the Money program started its newscast tonight with the latest on what police suspect was an attempted robbery at the Omaha home of Warren Buffett last night. Omaha Police Department Deputy Chief Eric Buske told our Melissa Francis in a live telephone interview that while can't be sure about the suspect's motives until they apprehend him, they are treating the incident as a robbery attempt and taking it "very seriously."

  • Warren Buffett told CNBC's Becky Quick a short time ago by phone that both he and his wife are "fine" after an incident last night at his Omaha home that's being described as an attempted break-in.

  • Security Guard Foils Break-In At Warren Buffett's Home Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 2:39 PM ET

    A security guard prevented an attempted break-in at Warren Buffett's Omaha home last night.  Police reportedly say a man with camouflage paint on his face and a fake gun fled the scene after a scuffle with a security guard at Buffett's home.  The suspect is being sought. Mr. Buffett and his wife were home at the time.  They were not injured.

  • Warren Buffett Gets #5 Power Ranking from Vanity Fair Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 3:01 PM ET

    Warren Buffett is #5 on the just-released Vanity Fair 100 list, the magazine's annual "power ranking." That's up one slot from last year's #6 ranking, dislodging his good friend Bill Gates. The ranking appears in the new October issue which features, inexplicably, Nicole Kidman on the cover rather than Mr. Buffett. (What were the editors thinking!)

  • Warren Buffett Buyback Stocks Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 10:45 AM ET

    At TheStreet.com's Stockpickr, James Altucher singles out some stocks that have two things going for them. First, they have big stock buybacks underway .. and second, they're already in Warren Buffett's portfolio.

  • It's becoming increasingly apparent that Warren Buffett is in the process of putting a big bet on the Burlington Northern freight railroad.  In an SEC filing late tonight, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway indicates it plans to raise its stake to 17% and it has told Burlington its stake could hit 25%.

  • Buffett, BofA, Countrywide: One Person's Opinion Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 12:13 PM ET
    Countrywide

    An excellent source, Janet Tavakoli, who knows more about the credit markets and asset-backed securities than I ever ever want to, sent me the following note over the holiday weekend. I consider it worth sharing, despite its conclusion, with which some may disagree. Not my place to take a side, but I do think, on the blog, opinions, especially from someone of her caliber, are worth sharing...

  • Stocks closed broadly lower as already jittery investors expressed disappointment that the latest Fed minutes showed policymakers were reluctant to cut interest rates. "The comments from the Fed not indicating that a rate cut was imminent and further deterioration in the financial sector -- all of this combined and we're down substantially here," said Brian Schaeffer, an NYSE floor specialist at Van der Moolen.

  • Warren Buffett's Burlington Northern has bought more shares in the freight railroad Burlington Northern, the fourth round of buying this month.

  • Happy Birthday, Warren Buffett! Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 7:14 AM ET

    Warren Buffett Watch celebrates Mr. Buffett's 77th birthday today.

  • Burlington Northern: Just What's Warren Up To? Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 5:22 PM ET

    It's the day after all the reports of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hatahway buying some 10.1 million shares of Burlington Northern. CNBC's Becky Quick led the on-air discussion of what the 'Oracle of Omaha' may be up to. Take a listen if you will. (BRK now owns 14.8% of BNI.)

  • Warren Buffett Boosts Stake in Rail Company Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 10:29 AM ET
    Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett's company has bought 10.1 million shares of Burlington Northern Santa Fe since Thursday, increasing the legendary investor's stake in the nation's No. 2 railroad to nearly 14.8%.

  • Investment Bank Estimates Lowered Too Late? Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 9:18 AM ET
    Merrill Lynch

    It's finally happening: analysts are lowering estimates on investment banks, just a few days before the quarter closes for many of them. Merrill Lynch's Guy Moszkowski downgrades Bear Stearns, Lehman Bros. because of their greater dependence on debt markets; they note that Merrill and Morgan Stanley are more diversified.

  • For the third time this month, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway holding company has reported boosting its stake in the freight railroad Burlington Northern, more evidence that Mr. Buffett sees the stock as undervalued.  And this third round of purchases is much bigger than the previous two.

  • Rich & Richer: Philanthropy's Golden Age Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 3:55 PM ET

    With the stock market booming and wealth in America exploding, more of the rich and super-rich are giving big bucks to charitable causes.

  • Peter Buffett has a new CD of songs from his heart, a billion-dollar foundation working to avoid what he calls "philanthropic colonialism," and an invaluable life lesson from a very famous father named Warren that's brought wisdom, if not great wealth.  PLUS Free MP3 download of the song Reminder from Peter Buffett's Staring at the Sun.

  • Warren Buffett & Countrywide Speculation Ripples Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 1:16 PM ET
    Countrywide headquarters is seen Wednesday, July 25, 2007, in the Calabasas area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Countrywide shares are cooling substantially today, after jumping 10% yesterday on the Wall Street Journal's speculation that the troubled mortgage company could be looking very attractive to Warren Buffett. Today, there are conflicting opinions on whether that speculation will turn into reality.

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