When Carol Loomis first mentioned a little-known Omaha hedge-fund manager in a 1966 Fortune article, she didn't dream that Warren Buffett would one day be considered the world's greatest investor - nor that she and Buffett would become close personal friends. As Buffett's fortune and reputation grew, Loomis used her unique insight into Buffett's thinking to chronicle his work for Fortune, writing and proposing scores of stories that tracked his many accomplishments - and his occasional mistakes.
Now Loomis has collected and updated the best Buffett articles Fortune published between 1966 and 2012, including thirteen cover stories and a dozen pieces authored by Buffett himself. Loomis has provided commentary about each major article that supplies context and her own informed point of view. Listeners will gain fresh insights into Buffett's investment strategies and his thinking on management, philanthropy, public policy, and parenting. Some highlights include:
The 1966 A. W. Jones story in which Fortune first mentioned Buffett
The first piece Buffett wrote for Fortune, 1977's "How Inflation Swindles the Equity Investor"
Andrew Tobias' 1983 article "Letters from Chairman Buffett," the first review of his Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letters
Buffett's stunningly prescient 2003 piece about derivatives, "Avoiding a Mega-Catastrophe"
His unconventional thoughts on inheritance and philanthropy, including his intention to leave his kids "enough money so they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing"
And Bill Gates' 1996 article describing his early impressions of Buffett as they struck up their close friendship
Scores of Buffett books have been written, but none can claim this work's combination of trust between two friends, the writer's deep understanding of Buffett's world, and a very long-term perspective.
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"Loomis has created an engaging picture of a great influencer of our time."
"Serious investors as well as those interested in the history of Berkshire Hathaway and the philanthropic ideas of Buffett will enjoy these revealing pieces extracted from the Fortune archives."
About the Author
CAROL J. LOOMIS is a senior editor-at-large at Fortune, where she has worked since 1954. She has been the magazine's expert on Warren Buffett since 1966 and has edited his annual letter to shareholders since 1977. Her many honors include five lifetime achievement awards, including a Gerald Loeb Award for business journalism and Time Inc.'s first-ever Henry Luce Award. This is her first book. She lives in Westchester County.
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Portfolio; Reprint edition (December 31, 2013)
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