Buffett declared in his 2015 annual shareholder letter that he has found the "right person", but he didn't offer any further details. He also stepped down from the board of food and drinks giant Kraft Heinz on Friday but was tight-lipped on succession yesterday.
The biggest thing missing from the deals Buffett's company Berkshire Hathaway reviewed a year ago was one of the key qualities the billionaire investor looks for when buying a stand-alone company: "a sensible purchase price".
Berkshire was sitting on more than $109 billion in cash at the end of the third quarter of 2017. He admitted that the struggle in finding a "sensible purchase price" had "proved a barrier to virtually all deals" a year ago.
Buffett's company, Berkshire Hathaway, has a broad financial reach that extends to virtually every part of the economy.
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Last month, Buffett gave greater oversight of Berkshire's non-insurance businesses such as the BNSF railroad, Precision Castparts and Dairy Queen ice cream to the energy executive Gregory Abel, while the insurance specialist Ajit Jain added supervision of insurance operations such as the Geico auto insurer. The compounded annual return over the last 53 years is 19.1%.
The iPhone maker, which wasn't even a Berkshire holding until the first quarter of 2016, has quickly grown to one of Berkshire's top stock holdings, if not its biggest.
"I view the. stocks that Berkshire owns as interests in businesses, not as ticker symbols to be bought or sold based on their "chart" patterns, the "target" prices of analysts or the opinions of media pundits", Buffett wrote. As a result, we recorded an income tax benefit of approximately $29.6 billion and we increased regulatory liabilities of our regulated utility subsidiaries by approximately $6.0 billion for the portion of the deferred income tax liability reduction that we will be required to, effectively, refund to customers in the rate setting process. And sometimes I will make expensive mistakes. That ended a year ago, and Buffett - who bet slow, steady gains by the S^and^P 500 would beat out hedge funds over the decade - won with flying colors.
Kraft Heinz Co said on Friday billionaire investor Warren Buffett has chose to retire from the company's board following the end of his term in April to reduce travel commitments. "Buffett doesn't dwell very long on the politics", Smead said.
Buffett says investors shouldn't assume that bonds are less risky than stocks.