Why does Warren Buffett seem to be "everywhere" lately? USA Today tries to answer that question in a Money section 'Cover Story' today (Thursday) headlined Buffett hones rock-star status.
The premise: Throughout most of his investing career, Buffett kept a "low profile" and generally spoke publicly only on "specific occasions" like the annual shareholders meeting or when he had big news.
"He's generating newsy sound bites at press conferences. On airplanes. In impromptu TV interviews outside his home. Even in faraway places such as China, South Korea, and major cities in the euro zone, where he just got back from a 'European Tour.' He's even popped up in a CNBC documentary, The Billionaire Next Door: All Access, which delves into all things Buffett. Not to mention a recent guest appearance on the daytime soap opera All My Children."
USA Today's Adam Shell talked to a number of Buffett experts to determine why the "formerly reticent investment superstar suddenly emerged as a 24/7 media go-to guy?"
Shell came up with not just one, but five, explanations: