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Warren Buffett is giving more, even though he is giving less. A news release a short time ago from Berkshire Hathaway reveals that today Buffett gave just over 572,000 shares of Class B shares to five foundations, with most going to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It's part of his pledge made just over a year ago to eventually give away 85% of his Berkshire stock.
It would be tough to confuse Warren Buffett with singer Jimmy Buffett, although they have the same last name and both of them like to play a stringed musical instrument. But the two Buffetts do share one important trait: they're both very good at making money. Ahead of his first-ever concert in Paris, The International Herald Tribune profiles Jimmy Buffett and his business acumen. It also extensively quotes Warren talking about Jimmy in a telephone interview with the newspaper's reporter. "I admire his business even more than mine. He got the singing genes as well as the commercial genes. I'm envious."
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is adding to its 'bling' collection as it finalizes the acquisition of two gold jewelry makers: Aurafin and Bel-Oro International. In an unusual move for Buffett, one of those companies was bought from a private-equity firm.
The man who is paying over $650,000 (with a little help from one of his friends, hedge-fund manager Guy Spier) for lunch with Warren Buffett appeared this morning on CNBC's Squawk Box. Mohnish Pabrai, who runs Pabrai Investment Funds of California, told our Becky Quick that he's learned so much about investing and about life from Mr. Buffett that "I have a large tuition bill due" and his bid is just "making a dent in it." (All the money goes to Buffett's favorite chairty, the Glide Foundation of San Francisco.)
Warren Buffett isn't perfect, but one of his strengths is his ability to learn from his mistakes and bounce back. That's the thesis of a piece appearing on BusinessWeek.com this week. Ben Steverman details how everyday investors can also learn by following Buffett's example: acknowledge mistakes and keep them small.
Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim is the world's richest man, worth an estimated $67.8 billion, after overtaking Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, according to a respected tracker of Mexican financial wealth on Monday.
Two investors put in the winning bid of $650,100 in a charity auction to break bread with billionaire Warren Buffett.
We now know who will be having lunch with Warren Buffett after submitting the winning $650,100 bid late Friday. Mohnish Pabrai, a 43-year year old investor from Irvine, California, teamed up with a friend to win the eBay charity auction benefiting San Francisco's Glide Foundation.
In the hours before bidding ended tonight on this year's auction for charity of a lunch with Warren Buffett, it looked like the Buffett meal bubble had burst. The high bid just after 5p Eastern was a bit over $300,000. But when eBay's electronic gavel fell at 10p ET, the apparent winning bid was $650,100, topping last year's record $620,100 by $30,000. (The year before the winner paid $351,100.)
He's best known as the Oracle of Omaha (which makes for a nice alliteration) but the British publisher that's cashed in on the magically profitable Harry Potter series is counting on Warren Buffett to be their new 'Wizard' of Omaha. (Warren the Wizard?)
A Democratic presidential debate, before a predominantly African American audience at Howard University last night, took a small step toward smoking out the leading White House contenders on Wall Street's hottest political issue: raising taxes on private equity and hedge fund executives. Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, who has ducked an issue that would hit his former colleagues at Fortress Investment Group, couldn't avoid showing his populist colors.
Warren Buffett's cry of 'tax the rich!' is being heard in Great Britain. Warren Buffett Watch highlighted his comments to CNBC's Brian Shactman the other night, in which he said the gap between the 15% tax rate for public partnerships and the 35% rate for public corporations seemed "illogical." (That's become one of the more contentious issues in Washington following Blackstone's big IPO.) In his appearance at Hillary Clinton's fund-raiser later that same night, he spoke more generally, in effect complaining that he, and very rich people like him, should be paying taxes at a higher percentage of their income.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett tells CNBC that if a partnership and a corporation are essentially run the same way, it "seems illogical" to tax the partnership at a lower rate than the corporation.
Warren Buffett will be appearing tonight with Senator Hillary Clinton at a New York fundraiser for her presidential campaign. The event is being put together by some of Hillary's Wall Street supporters (and there are plenty of them) including Morgan Stanley chief John Mack.
Warren Buffett sees more philanthropy in the world's future and he's strongly hinting that one of Blackstone's prime beneficiaries is part of the trend. In what appears to be a reference to Blackstone co-founder Pete Peterson, Buffett told Bloomberg TV, "I know of one fellow that's just been involved in a public offering. I think he's going to be setting up a billion-dollar foundation."
WSJ.com's MarketBeat blog points out today that Google's recent surge to all-time highs pushed the company's stock market value above Berkshire Hathaway's earlier today. But it didn't last all that long. At the close of trading Monday, Google's market cap stands at $164.32 billion, a bit over $1 billion below Berkshire's $165.71 billion. The horserace continues tomorrow.
The college team described (favorably) as the 'Buffets of Baseball' .. detailed in this post last Wednesday ... are now the first team in 10 years to win the College World Series two years in a row. Earlier tonight in Omaha, the Oregon State Beavers defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 9 to 3, sweeping the best-of-three games final. It was a visit to Warren Buffett's modest house in Omaha that prompted Oregonian sportswriter John Canzano to write about the "common ground" between Buffett and the Beavers, calling them both "unpretentious, frugal, intelligent, remarkably understated and modest."
The fifth annual auction of a lunch with Warren Buffett began tonight. Bids are being accepted on eBay through 10PM ET this coming Friday, June 29. But it's not a game just anyone can play. The minimum first bid is $25,000 and all bidders must pre-qualify to discourage jokesters.
Now Jim Cramer himself is providing his take on Warren Buffett's stock picks. In a post earlier today, we showed you a Cramer-Buffett comparison from Stockpickr (a subsidiary of Cramer's own TheStreet.com).On Mad Money tonight, Jim went into even more detail but the results are similar: they agree more than they disagree .. no matter what you might have thought.
On the surface, long-term "sensible" investor Warren Buffett and "Mad Money" trader Jim Cramer appear to have two very different styles and you wouldn't expect much agreement between them. But Stockpickr (a subsidiary of TheStreet.com) president James Altucher did some analysis of Cramer's take on Buffett's stocks and found a lot of common ground.