Oracle of Omaha

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Buffett Bets on Recovery, Buys Burlington for $26B

Deal will be Berkshire Hathaway's largest ever

(Newser) - Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to buy up the 77.4% of railroad operator Burlington Northern Santa Fe it didn’t already own for $26 billion, in what would be Warren Buffett’s largest acquisition ever. “It’s an all-in wager on the economic future of the United States,”... More »

Buffett: US 'Doing the Right Things'

(Newser) - Warren Buffett said today the US government is taking the correct actions to help the economy recover. "The government is doing the right things," Buffett said before the opening of Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholder meeting. "They're acting in a countercyclical manner." But he said he can't... More »

Financial 'Pearl Harbor' Is Past, Says Buffett

Oracle confident as he prepares to be buffeted by shareholders

(Newser) - The Oracle of Omaha still sees tough times ahead for the US economy, but he says he thinks the worst is in the past, CNCBC reports. “We’re at a war now to some degree, but Pearl Harbor was September,” Warren Buffett says. “There was a strike... More »

Economy Has 'Fallen Off a Cliff': Buffett

Billionaire investor sees recovery on far horizon, warns of inflation

(Newser) - Warren Buffett said today the US economy has “fallen off a cliff,” but guaranteed that 5 years from now “the machine will be running fine.” On CNBC, Buffett encouraged banks to “get back to banking,” saying they will have to earn their way out... More »

Brutal Market Doesn't Spare Buffett

Berkshire Hathaway takes biggest dive in decades

(Newser) - The "Oracle of Omaha" is proving even he's not immune from market blows, reports Bloomberg. Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway took a 12% nosedive yesterday, its biggest one-day fall since 1987's Black Monday. The conglomerate is down 41% for the year and has been dropping steadily for eight days after... More »

Buffett: I'm Buying American. You Should Be, Too.

When fear is rampant, the markets discount America's future

(Newser) - “I’ve been buying American stocks,” Warren Buffett writes in the New York Times, and he'd like to see a stampede of others following suit. Sure, the financial system is a mess, global economies are faltering, unemployment is rising, and headlines will continue to terrorize markets. But markets... More »

Market Meltdown Reshapes Forbes Rich List

Buffett bumps Gates in redrawn rankings of world's wealthiest

(Newser) - The mortgage meltdown has certainly hit middle-class Americans hard but hasn't spared the uber-wealthy, Bloomberg reports. Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson’s net worth shed $4 billion between Aug. 29 and Oct. 1, for instance, while Warren Buffett overtook Bill Gates, whose net worth declined $1.5 billion, as... More »

Women Tower in Buffett's Biography

Oracle of Omaha needed 'to be loved and never criticized'

(Newser) - Warren Buffett’s personal life is a lot messier than his balance sheet, according to a biography. In The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life, which hits stores Monday, the Oracle of Omaha for the first time cooperates with a biographer, producing a revealing look at the folksy... More »

Buffett Strikes as Investors Flee; Buys Energy Firm

In his first move of the current market crisis, the Oracle collects more energy

(Newser) - Warren Buffett swooped in yesterday with one of his patented moves, his first during the current market turmoil. He purchased Constellation Energy Group, Baltimore’s large hometown energy supplier, after its stock plummeted by 60 percent since Monday, the Sun reports. As investors fled the company, Buffett saw opportunity, adding... More »

Thousands Line Up for Buffett's So-So News

Don't expect big Berkshire gains like before, he says

(Newser) - Thousands of stockholders descended on Omaha for today's annual Berkshire Hathaway meeting, but what they heard didn't send Blackberries abuzz, the Wall Street Journal reports. Warren Buffett said his iconic company won’t be pulling in double-digit returns anymore. “Anyone that expects us to come close to replicating the... More »

Buffett Poised to Clean Up in Bear Market

Oracle of Omaha prepares $40B spending spree

(Newser) - As the US teeters on the brink of recession and most investors remain sidelined by the credit crunch, Warren Buffett is poised to spend more than $40 billion to scoop up bargains. Berkshire Hathaway rose 22% over the last 12 months while other stocks sputtered, and now, Bloomberg reports, the... More »

Berkshire Hathaway's Q4 Income Off 18%

Insurance-industry woes mean 'that party is over,' Buffett says

(Newser) - Citing a decline in gains from insurance underwriting and sluggish investment returns, holding company Berkshire Hathaway said today that fourth-quarter income was off 18%—to $2.95 billion, from $3.58 billion—from a year earlier, the Wall Street Journal reports. Billionaire chairman Warren Buffett snuck in digs at Wall... More »

Fraud Trial May Put Buffett on Stand

Defense says billionaire knew about phony insurance deal

(Newser) - A criminal trial involving four ex-employees of billionaire Warren Buffett is likely to offer a rare—and unwelcome—glimpse into the inner workings of the “Oracle of Omaha,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Buffett isn’t charged in the case—to begin Monday—involving Berkshire Hathaway reinsurance unit... More »

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