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Warren Buffett: 'The Oracle' through the years

Warren Buffett, seen here at the Berkshire meeting in 2008, who from a middle America perch far from Wall Street built Berkshire Hathaway into a global conglomerate, has made himself perhaps the world's most admired and envied investor. 

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Warren Buffett, seen here at the Berkshire meeting in 2008, who from a middle America perch far from Wall Street built Berkshire Hathaway into a global conglomerate, has made himself perhaps the world's most admired and envied investor....more

Warren Buffett, seen here at the Berkshire meeting in 2008, who from a middle America perch far from Wall Street built Berkshire Hathaway into a global conglomerate, has made himself perhaps the world's most admired and envied investor. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Buffett, seen here at the Berkshire meeting in 2015, is the modern day exemplar of a "value" investor, buying companies and stocks he considers cheaper than they were worth and holding them for decades. And as his fame and fortune grew, and especially in his 70s and 80s, Buffett has become more visible to the public, expounding regularly with straight talk on business, politics and life. 

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Buffett, seen here at the Berkshire meeting in 2015, is the modern day exemplar of a "value" investor, buying companies and stocks he considers cheaper than they were worth and holding them for decades. And as his fame and fortune grew, and...more

Buffett, seen here at the Berkshire meeting in 2015, is the modern day exemplar of a "value" investor, buying companies and stocks he considers cheaper than they were worth and holding them for decades. And as his fame and fortune grew, and especially in his 70s and 80s, Buffett has become more visible to the public, expounding regularly with straight talk on business, politics and life. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Buffett's annual Berkshire shareholder meetings, once attended by a handful of people in a cafeteria, has become America's biggest, drawing some 40,000 people to Omaha in what Buffett called "Woodstock for Capitalists." REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Buffett's annual Berkshire shareholder meetings, once attended by a handful of people in a cafeteria, has become America's biggest, drawing some 40,000 people to Omaha in what Buffett called "Woodstock for Capitalists." REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Buffett's annual Berkshire shareholder meetings, once attended by a handful of people in a cafeteria, has become America's biggest, drawing some 40,000 people to Omaha in what Buffett called "Woodstock for Capitalists." REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Buffett, seen here with Bill Gates at the Berkshire meeting in 2015, is known for his philanthropy, and his 2006 decision to give away his wealth to several charities prompted other billionaires including Paul Allen, Michael Bloomberg, Larry Ellison, Bill and Melinda Gates, Carl Icahn, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg to pledge much of their fortunes as well. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Buffett, seen here with Bill Gates at the Berkshire meeting in 2015, is known for his philanthropy, and his 2006 decision to give away his wealth to several charities prompted other billionaires including Paul Allen, Michael Bloomberg, Larry Ellison,...more

Buffett, seen here with Bill Gates at the Berkshire meeting in 2015, is known for his philanthropy, and his 2006 decision to give away his wealth to several charities prompted other billionaires including Paul Allen, Michael Bloomberg, Larry Ellison, Bill and Melinda Gates, Carl Icahn, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg to pledge much of their fortunes as well. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Berkshire, seen here at a Dairy Queen store in Beijing with Bill Gates in 2010, has grown to house more than 90 companies including the BNSF railroad, Geico car insurance, several energy and utility companies and Dairy Queen ice cream, as well as brand-name stocks such as Apple, Bank of America and Coca-Cola. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Berkshire, seen here at a Dairy Queen store in Beijing with Bill Gates in 2010, has grown to house more than 90 companies including the BNSF railroad, Geico car insurance, several energy and utility companies and Dairy Queen ice cream, as well as...more

Berkshire, seen here at a Dairy Queen store in Beijing with Bill Gates in 2010, has grown to house more than 90 companies including the BNSF railroad, Geico car insurance, several energy and utility companies and Dairy Queen ice cream, as well as brand-name stocks such as Apple, Bank of America and Coca-Cola. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded Buffett the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. "When we award it to a Warren Buffett, it says we'd all like to be so humble and wise and maybe make a little money along the way," Obama said. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded Buffett the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. "When we award it to a Warren Buffett, it says we'd all like to be so humble and wise and maybe make a little money along the...more

In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded Buffett the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. "When we award it to a Warren Buffett, it says we'd all like to be so humble and wise and maybe make a little money along the way," Obama said. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Buffett, seen here at the Berkshire meeting in 2015, has pledged to donate most of his wealth to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities. He has long been a friend of Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder and fellow bridge player who sits on the Berkshire board of directors. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Buffett, seen here at the Berkshire meeting in 2015, has pledged to donate most of his wealth to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities. He has long been a friend of Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder and fellow bridge player...more

Buffett, seen here at the Berkshire meeting in 2015, has pledged to donate most of his wealth to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities. He has long been a friend of Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder and fellow bridge player who sits on the Berkshire board of directors. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Buffett, seen here playing table tennis with world champion Ariel Hsing with a giant paddle at the Berkshire meeting in 2010, comes across as someone ordinary people could relate to, making fun of his taste for burgers and Cherry Coke over fancier food, driving himself to work, and living in the same 10-room Omaha house since the late 1950s.

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Buffett, seen here playing table tennis with world champion Ariel Hsing with a giant paddle at the Berkshire meeting in 2010, comes across as someone ordinary people could relate to, making fun of his taste for burgers and Cherry Coke over fancier...more

Buffett, seen here playing table tennis with world champion Ariel Hsing with a giant paddle at the Berkshire meeting in 2010, comes across as someone ordinary people could relate to, making fun of his taste for burgers and Cherry Coke over fancier food, driving himself to work, and living in the same 10-room Omaha house since the late 1950s. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Buffett's annual letters to Berkshire shareholders are famed for their forthrightness, including barbs about Wall Street excesses such as high fees and the danger of derivatives. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Buffett's annual letters to Berkshire shareholders are famed for their forthrightness, including barbs about Wall Street excesses such as high fees and the danger of derivatives. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Buffett's annual letters to Berkshire shareholders are famed for their forthrightness, including barbs about Wall Street excesses such as high fees and the danger of derivatives. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Warren Buffett, seen here with wife Astrid Menks in 2012, has three children with his first wife Susie. He married his long-time companion Menks in 2006 on his 76th birthday. REUTERS/Benjamin Myers

Warren Buffett, seen here with wife Astrid Menks in 2012, has three children with his first wife Susie. He married his long-time companion Menks in 2006 on his 76th birthday. REUTERS/Benjamin Myers

Warren Buffett, seen here with wife Astrid Menks in 2012, has three children with his first wife Susie. He married his long-time companion Menks in 2006 on his 76th birthday. REUTERS/Benjamin Myers
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Warren Buffett, seen here at the Berkshire meeting in 2014, born in 1930, got the entrepreneurial bug early. As a child, Buffett pitched newspapers, and would pay 25 cents for six-packs of Coke at his grandfather's grocery store, where he worked, and then sell each Coke for a nickel.

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Warren Buffett, seen here at the Berkshire meeting in 2014, born in 1930, got the entrepreneurial bug early. As a child, Buffett pitched newspapers, and would pay 25 cents for six-packs of Coke at his grandfather's grocery store, where he worked, and...more

Warren Buffett, seen here at the Berkshire meeting in 2014, born in 1930, got the entrepreneurial bug early. As a child, Buffett pitched newspapers, and would pay 25 cents for six-packs of Coke at his grandfather's grocery store, where he worked, and then sell each Coke for a nickel. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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After graduating from the University of Nebraska, Buffett got a degree from Columbia Business School. After going out on his own, Buffett built a variety of partnerships over several years. Along the way, he met Charlie Munger (R), seen here with Buffett at the Berkshire meeting in 2019, who in 1978 became Berkshire's vice chairman, and in both a business and political sense the right hand to Buffett's left.

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After graduating from the University of Nebraska, Buffett got a degree from Columbia Business School. After going out on his own, Buffett built a variety of partnerships over several years. Along the way, he met Charlie Munger (R), seen here with...more

After graduating from the University of Nebraska, Buffett got a degree from Columbia Business School. After going out on his own, Buffett built a variety of partnerships over several years. Along the way, he met Charlie Munger (R), seen here with Buffett at the Berkshire meeting in 2019, who in 1978 became Berkshire's vice chairman, and in both a business and political sense the right hand to Buffett's left. REUTERS/Scott Morgan
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Warren Buffett prepares to throw a newspaper off the porch of a Clayton Home house with Kevin T. Clayton, CEO of Berkshire subsidiary Clayton Homes, prior to the Berkshire meeting in 2015.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Warren Buffett prepares to throw a newspaper off the porch of a Clayton Home house with Kevin T. Clayton, CEO of Berkshire subsidiary Clayton Homes, prior to the Berkshire meeting in 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Warren Buffett prepares to throw a newspaper off the porch of a Clayton Home house with Kevin T. Clayton, CEO of Berkshire subsidiary Clayton Homes, prior to the Berkshire meeting in 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Warren Buffett plays ukulele in a video prior to the Berkshire meeting in 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Warren Buffett plays ukulele in a video prior to the Berkshire meeting in 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Warren Buffett plays ukulele in a video prior to the Berkshire meeting in 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Warren Buffett admires a Justin brand cowboy boot prior to the Berkshire meeting in 2015. Justin is a Berkshire Hathaway company. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Warren Buffett admires a Justin brand cowboy boot prior to the Berkshire meeting in 2015. Justin is a Berkshire Hathaway company. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Warren Buffett admires a Justin brand cowboy boot prior to the Berkshire meeting in 2015. Justin is a Berkshire Hathaway company. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Warren Buffett plays a game of bridge with "Warren Buffett" playing cards during the shareholders meeting in 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Warren Buffett plays a game of bridge with "Warren Buffett" playing cards during the shareholders meeting in 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Warren Buffett plays a game of bridge with "Warren Buffett" playing cards during the shareholders meeting in 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Arnold Schwarzenegger walks with Warren Buffett prior to a meeting with Wall Street executives to raise money for a ballot measure which would authorize a $15 billion bond offering, in New York in 2004. REUTERS/Kathy Willens/POOL

Arnold Schwarzenegger walks with Warren Buffett prior to a meeting with Wall Street executives to raise money for a ballot measure which would authorize a $15 billion bond offering, in New York in 2004. REUTERS/Kathy Willens/POOL

Arnold Schwarzenegger walks with Warren Buffett prior to a meeting with Wall Street executives to raise money for a ballot measure which would authorize a $15 billion bond offering, in New York in 2004. REUTERS/Kathy Willens/POOL
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Warren Buffett poses with University of Nebraska cheerleaders before his annual meeting in 2011.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Warren Buffett poses with University of Nebraska cheerleaders before his annual meeting in 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Warren Buffett poses with University of Nebraska cheerleaders before his annual meeting in 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Warren Buffett waves his ukulele with The Quebe Sisters Band at the Berkshire meeting in 2010. Buffett played "I've Been Working on the Railroad." REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Warren Buffett waves his ukulele with The Quebe Sisters Band at the Berkshire meeting in 2010. Buffett played "I've Been Working on the Railroad." REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Warren Buffett waves his ukulele with The Quebe Sisters Band at the Berkshire meeting in 2010. Buffett played "I've Been Working on the Railroad." REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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