Warren Buffett Made $10B Saving the Big Banks
Berkshire has made almost 40% on financial crisis buys
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 7, 2013 2:03 PM CDT
Investor Warren Buffett greets shareholders while touring the exhibit floor prior to holding the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting, in Omaha, Neb., May 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

(Newser) – In the midst of the financial crisis, pretty much nobody wanted to buy into the big banks—except Warren Buffett. The Berkshire Hathaway maestro bought in big to flailing giants like Goldman Sachs and General Electric. The Wall Street Journal checked in on those investments, and found that so far Buffett has made $10 billion on them, an almost 40% return. And that number is only expected to rise.

But Buffett downplays the score. "In terms of simple profitability, an average investor could have done just as well investing in the stock market if they bought during the panic period," he said. "You make your best buys when people are overwhelmingly fearful."

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Oct 7, 2013 9:48 PM CDT
So Warren put up $ 25,000,000,000 (25 Billion) and made $ 10 Billion on the investment. So to you and me we invested $ 25 and got back $ 35, not bad, but not a killing. He didn't double his money or anything, or like a lottery player turn a $ 5 or $ 10 gamble into millions. If he had lost his $ 25 Big would anyone have cared? Would it have been reported in bold headlines?
Oct 7, 2013 7:02 PM CDT
yay for warren...lets see...10 billion...thats a thousand 10 million dollar doc in a box medical treatment offices...simple treatment could be made affordable with that investment...and free up emergency rooms...making healthcare more affordable for people who need more than simple care...but no...lets force everyone to buy a trillion dollars worth of insurance instead
Oct 7, 2013 4:08 PM CDT
That story is a complete lie. The Fbi doesn't let anybody keep that much money.