Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Warren Buffett - An Outstanding Allocator of Capital

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett was born in 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska. 

He took his first degree at the University of Nebraska and then completed a Master's degree in economics at Columbia Business School in 1951. He was supervised and mentored at Columbia by stock-investing guru Benjamin Graham, author of Security Analysis

Buffett received the only mark of A+ Benjamin Graham ever awarded in his security analysis class. From this it's clear that Buffett had an extraordinary ability in stock analysis from the very beginning of his career. 

Making Money

Warren Buffett grew obsessed with numbers and money from an unusually early age. It wasn't an obsession founded upon the lifestyle or the wordly goods money could buy. It was a collecters' obsession. Some boys in the 1930s and 1940s collected stamps. Some collected bird's eggs. Warren Buffett collected money. 

He started at the age of five, selling gum and lemonade in the street and he later set up a business, renting pinball machines to local barbers. By his mid-teens, he had made enough money from these earlier efforts and paper rounds to buy land - which he rented to farmers. 

Making More Money

Investing In Stocks

Warren Buffett bought his first shares at the age of eleven - his father was a stockbroker - and stock trading gave the young Buffett a natural outlet for his twin obsessions with numbers and money. 

After completing his master's degree, Buffett worked as a salesman in his father's brokerage. Between 1954 and 1956 Buffett worked for his old mentor, Benjamin Graham, then returned to Omaha, ready to begin his own investing business. 

Making Even More Money

Investing Other People's Money In Stocks

Warren Buffett's progress towards almost unimaginable wealth accelerated in 1957 when he pursuaded friends and family to invest $105,000 in his limited partnership. Then he began the process he is famous for, the process of annually compounding the money he manages extraordinary rapidly.

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