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  Monday, 2 May 2016 | 8:26 AM ET

Warren Buffett says he's in awe of Jeff Bezos' genius

Posted By: Fred Imbert

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos received high praise from another business titan on Monday: Warren Buffett.

"We haven't seen many businessmen like him," Berkshire Hathaway's chairman and CEO told CNBC's "Squawk Box." "Overwhelmingly, he's taken things you and I've been buying and he's figured out a way to make us happier buying those products, either by fast delivery or prices or whatever it may be, and that's remarkable."

Amazon has grown at an exponential rate since its foundation in 1997, and that's being reflected in its stock price. Since then, Amazon shares have grown nearly 44,000 percent.

Amazon in last 10 yearsSource: FactSet

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  Monday, 2 May 2016 | 6:42 AM ET

Warren Buffett: US quarterly GDP figures are inherently suspect

Posted By: Fred Imbert

Gross domestic product, one of the most important economic indicators, may not be too reliable in the near term, Warren Buffett said Monday.

"I think the [quarterly] GDP figures are inherently a little more suspect in terms of being precise, than year-over-year figures," Berkshire Hathaway's chairman and CEO told CNBC's "Squawk Box."

The U.S. economy grew at a dismal 0.5 percent rate in the first quarter, the Labor Department said Thursday.

"There's one little thing that many people don't understand about the GDP figures. Maybe I don't understand it, but my understanding is they're sequential figures. You take the figures from one quarter to another and multiply by four. So, if you're off by a tenth [of a percent] on the seasonal adjustment, that becomes a four-tenths figure," Buffett said. Still, he added, "that doesn't negate the fact that business is slow. It's not negative, but it's slow."

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  Monday, 2 May 2016 | 8:20 AM ET

Buffett: We've 'never sold a share of IBM' and might buy more

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Monday he's "never sold a share of IBM" even though his overall cost of owning the stock is about $25 per share higher than its current level.

The stock was at $145.94 in premarket trading Monday.

"We feel fine or we won't own it. We've never sold a share of IBM. Periodically. we buy a little bit more," Buffett told CNBC's "Squawk Box" in an interview from Omaha, Nebraska. "We have not been an aggressive buyer, but we've been a buyer."

Buffett-run Berkshire Hathaway owns a 8.51 percent stake in IBM. "I think I can safely say we would be much more likely to buy more in the next 12 or 24 months than we would be to sell shares."

Buffett hosted the annual meeting on Berkshire shareholders on Saturday in Omaha.

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  Monday, 2 May 2016 | 11:42 AM ET

Warren Buffett: Don't run a company like Michael Pearson ran Valeant

Posted By: Fred Imbert
Warren Buffett
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Warren Buffett

There are many ways to run a business, but don't run one like Valeant Pharmaceuticals under Michael Pearson's tenure, legendary investor Warren Buffett said Monday.

"I don't think you'd want your son to grow up and run a company in the manner that Valeant was run," Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, told CNBC's "Squawk Box."

Valeant has been under significant pressure from lawmakers and shareholders after the company hiked prices for certain drugs. On Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Pearson was key in making those decisions. Valeant's board ousted Pearson in March. Last week, Valeant named Joseph Papa to succeed Pearson.

Valeant declined CNBC's request for comment. CNBC could not immediately locate Pearson for comment.

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  Monday, 2 May 2016 | 9:15 AM ET

Recap: Three hours with Warren Buffett

Posted By: Tom DiChristopher

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  Sunday, 1 May 2016 | 10:05 AM ET

Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting: The highlights

Posted By: Fred Imbert
Charlie Munger, left, and Warren Buffett
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Charlie Munger, left, and Warren Buffett

Berkshire Hathaway held its annual shareholders meeting on Saturday, and attendees listened closely to Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett and Vice-Chairman Charlie Munger at what observers call "Woodstock for Capitalism."

Here are some of the best quotes and highlights of the day:

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  Saturday, 30 Apr 2016 | 4:38 PM ET

Oracle of Omaha: Buffett on Trump, Coke, and why you can't trust Wall Street

Posted By: Alex Crippen
Warren Buffett
Lacy O’ Toole | CNBC
Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett and his longtime business partner Charlie Munger appeared before thousands of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders in Omaha today.

Here's what they had to say, minute-by-minute, in their marathon Q&A session. (App users, click here to open)

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  Saturday, 30 Apr 2016 | 2:43 PM ET

Warren Buffett: Here's how Wall Street really makes its money

Posted By: Fred Imbert

Warren Buffett said Saturday that Wall Street's real source of wealth is not based on its strong investment acumen, but on something else.

"[There's] far more money made through salesmanship abilities rather than investment abilities," Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway's chairman and CEO, said at the company's annual shareholders meeting.

Buffett added many hedge fund managers are paid "just to breathe" based on a flawed compensation scheme. He also said high-paid consultants always recommend something other than doing nothing, and benefit from long-term growth of US business.

In turn, Buffett recommended that investors take a more passive approach to investing, noting his long-term bet against Protoge Partners still shows this approach works much better than active management.

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  Saturday, 30 Apr 2016 | 11:13 AM ET

Buffett: This business is down 'considerably,' and will stay depressed

Posted By: Fred Imbert

Legendary investor Warren Buffett said Saturday that Berkshire Hathaway's railroad business has fallen drastically, and the pain is likely to continue.

"The railroad [business] is down considerably in the first quarter, and will most likely remain down for the year," Buffett, also known as the Oracle of Omaha, said at his annual shareholders meeting. In 2014, Berkshire said its BNSF, its railroad operation, had let investors down, but referred to the operation as its"most important" non-insurance business.

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  Saturday, 30 Apr 2016 | 11:46 AM ET

Buffett: Post merger, Precision Castparts' now even more valuable

Posted By: Fred Imbert

Warren Buffett said on Saturday that Berkshire Hathaway has made Precision Castparts a much better company, only months after closing the books on its biggest transaction ever.

"I would say we've taken the most [valuable] part of the company and made it even more valuable to the company," Buffett said at Berkshire's annual shareholders meeting. He referred to Precision's management, specifically CEO Mark Donegan. "I would say Mark is one of a kind."

Buffett said Donegan can now spend more time working on designing and building aircraft parts, rather than breaking down earnings to shareholders and analysts.

"Precision Castparts will do better under Berkshire than it would on its own and it would do very well on its own," he said.

Berkshire announced the $37.2 billion acquisition in August.

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