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  1. FT Alphaville

    January 20, 2014

    Warren Buffett, management consultant

    The consequence of his incredible success finally caught up with Warren Buffett last year. At its 44th attempt, the S&P 500...

  2. Business Blog

    September 11, 2013

    Offensive tweets show why old rules still apply to new media

      It’s time to scotch the idea that because Twitter is a new medium, it requires companies to adopt entirely novel rules of...

  1. May 5, 2013

    Buffett is probed on Berkshire succession

    The first shareholder question to Warren Buffett on Saturday morning was gentle, but with a mild preamble of complaint. The...

  2. May 4, 2013

    Berkshire Hathaway profits up more than 50%

    Berkshire Hathaway said first-quarter profits had jumped more than 50 per cent from the year-ago period because of insurance...

  3. May 1, 2013

    Warren Buffett pays $2bn for control of Israeli group

    Berkshire Hathaway, the $262bn conglomerate controlled by Warren Buffett, will pay $2bn to acquire the remaining 20 per cent...

  4. March 3, 2013

    Buffett sees opportunity in uncertainty

    Shareholders in Berkshire Hathaway hoping for a window into the future for the $250bn conglomerate in its chairman’s annual...

  5. March 1, 2013

    Buffett on safari for another big deal

    Warren Buffett said that his “subpar” investment performance in 2012 was a disappointment but that he and Berkshire Hathaway...

  6. July 29, 2012

    Buffett’s model seems inimitable

    Warren Buffett is often held up as the heroic asset manager who proves it is possible to outperform through a relatively...

  7. June 8, 2012

    California to vote on school aid tax rise

    From the first commercial satellites and clean-air laws to curb auto emissions, to trail-blazing Silicon Valley companies...

  8. May 29, 2012

    Competing tax plans try California voters

    They do things differently in California. While other governments agonise over using taxes to balance the books, in the...

  9. May 6, 2012

    Fans flock to ‘Woodstock of capitalism’

    Omaha locals Angela and Clinton Rushing are Warren Buffett fans who have not missed a Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting...

  10. May 6, 2012

    Buffett urges patience on share price

    The annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha, Nebraska, is as much like a family gathering as any corporate event...

  11. February 26, 2012

    Secrets and the Sage of Omaha

    Warren Buffett has earned his investors’ trust in decades spent building the cowboy boot to cargo train conglomerate he...

  12. February 25, 2012

    Warren Buffett chooses his successor

    Warren Buffett said for the first time that he has identified a successor to replace him as chief executive of Berkshire...

  13. August 14, 2011

    Rail chief prepares for the long haul

    If Matt Rose, chief executive of the second-biggest railroad network in the US, felt a little intimidated by the...

  14. April 30, 2011

    Buffett admits to mishandling Sokol affair

    Warren Buffett admits to shareholders at this year’s Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting that he should have asked more...

  15. April 28, 2011

    Buffett cannot run everything himself

    Warren Buffett is famed for his business acumen and his straight talking on financial topics. But the resignation of David...

  16. April 28, 2011

    Seven tricky questions for Mr Buffett

    Until this week, only one topic was off-limits for questions to Warren Buffett at Saturday’s annual gathering of Berkshire...

  17. April 28, 2011

    Sokol ‘glitch’ casts cloud over Berkshire AGM

    How did a “glitch” by an executive whose contributions to Berkshire Hathaway had been “extraordinary” become a possible...

  18. April 8, 2011

    I’m turning my back on boring Buffett

    Back in 2005 after a visit to Warren Buffett’s shareholders’ meeting, I wrote an article in which I was mildly critical. I...

  19. April 6, 2011

    Buffett needs to stop flying solo

    I once hitched a ride on a Gulfstream jet (purely for research purposes, obviously) and enjoyed the experience of being...

  20. March 31, 2011

    Sokol defends Lubrizol stock deal

    David Sokol, who unexpectedly resigned from Berkshire Hathaway this week, defended his decision to purchase stock in a...

  21. February 28, 2011

    Buffett’s exceptional style of leadership

    I once wrote a column headlined “Buffett deserves his D-grade”. It prompted a one-line e-mail from Jim Cramer, the CNBC...

  22. February 26, 2011

    Buffett on lookout for acquisitions

    If investors were hoping that Warren Buffett would finally lay out a clear succession strategy in his annual letter to...

  23. January 7, 2011

    All that glisters is not gold

    Charlie Munger, half of the brains trust at Berkshire Hathaway, recently said that his disdain for gold stems from the lack...

  24. October 10, 2010

    Grumpy old men do have their uses

    It is no surprise to see sections of the media working up steam about the latest comments made by Charlie Munger, the...

  25. October 5, 2010

    Spending can be better than giving

    From Mr Edward Vale. Sir, There is suggestion implicit in John Woods’ letter (October 4) that it is despicable for the top...

  26. August 27, 2010

    Buffett’s Berkshire to buy out Wesco

    Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has offered to buy the remaining shares it does not already own in Wesco Financial, a...

  27. May 3, 2010

    Buffett warns on derivatives legislation

    Warren Buffett has stepped up his warnings over the impact of any move by the US Congress to bring in retroactive rules on...

  28. May 2, 2010

    Buffett warns on derivatives legislation

    Warren Buffett has stepped up his warnings over the impact of any move by the US Congress to bring in retroactive rules on...

  29. May 1, 2010

    Buffett stands behind Goldman Sachs

    Warren Buffett offered a strong defence of Goldman Sachs at his annual shareholders meeting arguing that clients lost money...

  30. December 6, 2009

    Buffett on sale

    Value is in the eye of the beholder, even when valuing value investors. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway can now be had...

  31. November 4, 2009

    Omaha's sage makes 'all-in' bet on BNSF

    Size aside, Berkshire Hathaway's proposed acquisition of Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad is about as typical a Warren...

  32. November 4, 2009

    Omaha's sage makes 'all-in' bet on solid enterprise

    Size aside, Berkshire Hathaway's proposed acquisition of Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad is about as typical a Warren...

  33. November 4, 2009

    Rail move sends important signal to investors

    When Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett's chief aide, addressed the 2007 shareholder meeting of one of the companies in the...

  34. November 3, 2009

    Omaha’s sage makes ‘all-in’ bet on BNSF

    Size aside, Berkshire Hathaway’s proposed acquisition of Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad is about as typical a Warren...

  35. November 3, 2009

    Buffett sends important signal in rail move

    When Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s chief aide, addressed the 2007 shareholder meeting of one of the companies in the...

  36. FT Alphaville

    September 17, 2009

    The Sage's sartorial splendour, Chinese-style

    We all know that any whiff of interest from uber-investment guru Warren Buffett puts a rocket under any stock, and that many...

  37. July 15, 2009

    Sight as rare as igloos on the equator

    From Mr Nigel Lanning. Sir, When you get to my age it’s easy to turn into the archetypal Grumpy Old Man. However, I’m...

  38. July 13, 2009

    Man on the money with Buffett

    Wesco Financial's Pasa-dena headquarters are a blur of earth tones and cloudless sky. Bathed in southern California sun,...

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