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  Monday, 2 May 2016 | 7:54 AM ET

Buffett to Trump: America is already greater than ever

In a veiled shot at GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, fellow billionaire Warren Buffett on Monday dismissed the real estate mogul's campaign slogan.

"There's no need to 'make America great again.' America is greater than it's ever been," Buffett said during a wide-ranging interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box." Buffett, a supporter of leading Democrat Hillary Clinton, said America is going to "become ever greater."

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  Monday, 2 May 2016 | 6:12 AM ET

Buffett: Money in the mattress if banks charge for deposits

With persistently low interest rates around the globe, billionaire investor Warren Buffett told CNBC on Monday he'd consider taking money out of banks, especially if negative interest rates result in customers being charged to park their money in accounts.

"There could be a point where you'd really want to start withdrawing currency," Buffett said in a wide-ranging "Squawk Box" interview from Omaha, Nebraska, after he hosted the annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders on Saturday.

"If currency in a bank is worth less than currency in your hands ... that could produce something in the way of behavior," he said. "It's a different world. If you have a lot of money in euros, as we do ... you're better off putting it under your mattress than in a bank."

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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
Adam Jeffery | CNBC
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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