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  • Forest River President and CEO Peter Liegl.

    A former executive of Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary Forest River, who claims he "lost his job and had his reputation destroyed" because he followed Berkshire's Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, wants Warren Buffett to be questioned under oath in the case.

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has been downgraded to 'sell' by Stifel Nicolaus analyst Meyer Shields and his team.  Shields previously had a 'hold' recommendation on the stock.  He discussed his call in a live appearance on CNBC's Fast Money Halftime today.

  • Tony Hayward and Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett says Tony Hayward should not continue as BP's CEO, so that the American people can "feel better" about the company's response to its massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  In a videtaped interview with Willow Bay for the Huffington Post and Yahoo News, Buffett says it is not in the interest of either BP or the nation for Hayward to keep his job.

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    Anytime a company becomes less of what it was, investors need to rethink how it's valued and why they own it. If nothing else, it's an important discussion point that takes nothing away from Berkshire or Warren Buffett.

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, along with other companies in similar circumstances, won't have to put up any collateral for existing derivatives contracts, according to a letter written by two of the key FinReg lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

  • Bill Gates, left, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett pose for a picture after a press conference Monday, June 26, 2006 in New York.  Warren Buffett, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, recently announced his intention of giving 10 million shares of his company to charitable organizations, the majority going to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Warren Buffett's annual gift of Berkshire Hathaway Class B shares to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is worth about $1.6 billion dollars this time around, lifting his total donation to $8 billion over five years .. and there's more to come.

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway may need $6 to $8 billion in collateral for its multi-billion dollar collateral contracts, if the financial regulation bill passes Congress in its current form.  That's the estimate of Barclays Capital analyst Jay Gelb in a note to clients today, although we won't know for sure until the dust settles.

  • FORTUNE shot Bill Gates and Warren Buffett at the Hollywood Diner in Omaha, where they discussed their plans to raise giving.

    We now know a lot more about that mysterious meeting in New York last year as billionaires from around the nation, including Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, gathered for a quiet dinner in New York. The topic was not, as some suspicious people half-jokingly suggested, world domination.

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    According to people familiar with the matter, this stake could be priced at as much as $200 million.

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    After failing to set a record last year, the winning bid for this year's charity lunch with Warren Buffett soared to $2,626,311. That easily tops the $2.1 million that set a record in 2008.

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    No bids yet in this year's charity auction of a Power Lunch for 8 with Warren Buffett.  Just over 12 hours into the 5-day EBay auction, no one has made the starting minimum bid of $25,000. It's just a matter of time.

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    Billionaire Warren Buffett always tries to make sure that anyone who's willing to make a seven-figure donation just to have lunch with the investor gets their money's worth, so the meals often last more than three hours.

  • Warren Buffett is sworn in before testifying to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in New York on June 2, 2010.

    Warren Buffett is getting a lot of negative reviews for his defense of Moody's yesterday (Wednesday) during his appearance before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.  It's being called "arguably the single worst day of Buffett's life" from a PR standpoint.

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    We learned something important at Wednesday's Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission: the power of the duopoly privilege enjoyed by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s is what drew Warren Buffett to make his Berkshire Hathaway the biggest shareholder in Moody’s.

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    Video clips of Warren Buffett's testimony on credit rating agencies at hearing held by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

  • This is a transcript of Warren Buffett's live interview on CNBC before appearing before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

  • Warren Buffett is sworn in before testifying to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in New York City on June 2, 2010

    In his appearance before a panel looking into the causes of the financial crisis, Warren Buffett says Moody's should not be singled out for blame.  Buffett concedes that "looking back," Moody's should have recognized there was a housing bubble and not given such good ratings to what turned out to be disasterous investment vehicles. But, he says, almost everyone in the country got caught up in "the greatest bubble I ever saw." He includes himself in what he calls a mass delusion. "I was wrong on it, too."

  • Warren Buffett speaks to CNBC's Becky Quick on June 2, 2010.

    Warren Buffett tells CNBC that the market will continue to demand ratings from "brand name" credit rating agencies, even if government rules were loosened to encourage more competition among firms.

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    Warren Buffett is scheduled for a "First on CNBC" live interview tomorrow (Wednesday) morning before he testifies under subpoena on credit rating agencies at a Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission hearing in New York.  Buffett will be speaking with Becky Quick at approximately 10:45a ET.

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    One of the enduring questions of the financial crisis is how the credit ratings establishment got so much so wrong for so very long. How could century-old institutions like the Moody’s Investors Service give their triple-A blessings to subprime junk?