Damn Right: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger

By Janet Lowe

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From the writer of the bestselling WARREN BUFFETT SPEAKS. . .
"Charlie Munger, whose acceptance is deep and huge, in accordance with a unprecedented list of brilliantly profitable enterprise concepts, sees issues that others do not. there's a approach to his mastery and, via this booklet, we get an opportunity to benefit approximately this infrequent individual." -MICHAEL EISNER, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
"Janet Lowe uncovers the iconoclastic genius and refined attraction at the back of Charlie Munger's curmudgeonly facade during this richly woven portrait of our era's inheritor to Ben Franklin. With a biographer's detachment, an historian's thoroughness, and a monetary writer's good judgment, Lowe produces a riveting account of the relatives, own, and enterprise lifetime of the idiosyncratically advanced and without end interesting figure." -LAWRENCE CUNNINGHAM, Cardozo legislation college, writer of The Essays of Warren Buffett: classes for company America
"For years, Berkshire Hathaway shareholders and traders around the world (me integrated) have struggled to profit extra approximately Warren Buffett's cerebral sidekick. Now we will relaxation and revel in interpreting Janet Lowe's e-book approximately this infrequent highbrow jewel known as Charlie Munger." -ROBERT G. HAGSTROM, writer of The Warren Buffett Way
"Charlie has lived through the creed that one may still dwell a lifestyles that does not want explaining. yet his lifestyles may be defined. In a urban the place heroism is just too usually burdened with megastar, Charlie is a real hero and mentor. He lives the existence classes that he has studiously extracted from different real heroes and mentors, from Ben Franklin to Ben Graham. This ebook illuminates these existence lessons." -RONALD L. OLSON, Munger, Tolles & Olson llp
"Janet Lowe's exceptional entry to Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett has ended in a first class ebook that traders, lecturers, and CEOs will locate pleasing and hugely useful."-TIMOTHY P. VICK, cash supervisor and writer of ways to select shares Like Warren Buffett

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Additionally, a few Salomon officials thought of Berkshire's deal a sweetheart association that took good thing about Gutfreund at a weak time. yet shareholders additionally bought substantial merits from the deal among Gutfreund and Buffett. The transaction elevated Salomon's capital, supplied a monetary cushion for losses, and placed Gutfreund right into a courting of his personal deciding upon. ' As a part of the deal, Buffett and Munger bought seats on Salomon's board of administrators. "We had a few beautiful sturdy foresight," acknowledged Munger. "When we received sizeable positions in ABC and in Salomon, Warren urged i'm going on ABC's board. I acknowledged, `you by no means will want me (there). ' Salomon might get into sufficient hassle that it is going to desire either one of us. '" Wall highway veterans have been stunned and questioned on the Salomon funding, considering the fact that Buffett and Munger frequently made disparaging comments concerning the caliber of labor within the brokerage and funding in addition to the excessive salaries and indulgent life loved by way of most sensible executives. In Berkshire's 1982 annual document, Buffett scolded funding bankers for delivering no matter what suggestion could deliver them the main source of revenue: "Don't ask your barber no matter if you would like a haircut," he wrote. nine Buffett defined later that he knew the Salomon funding would not be considered one of his well-known "three baggers," yet he used to be having a troublesome time discovering compatible investments for his funds holdings, and he'd had reliable studies operating with Salomon long ago, in particular from 1976 to 1981 whilst Berkshire was once deciding to buy the 1st 1/2 GEICO. " however, there have been continually alterations of belief among Buffett's and Munger's rules of ways enterprise could be carried out, and people of Wall road regulars. Salomon felt the edge of the Midwesterner's conservatism. "When they went at the Salomon board, Salomon had a celeb chef on call," recalled Charles Munger, Jr. , "The first time Warren sat down with a Coke and a hamburger, a few adjustments in tradition were brought. " Even ahead of the Treasury scandal, there have been early rumors that Buffett and Munger have been unsatisfied with Gutfreund, yet in Berkshire's 1987 Annual document Buffett attempted to put these tales to relaxation: "We haven't any targeted insights in regards to the path or destiny profitability of funding banking. What we do have is a robust feeling approximately is the power and integrity of John Gutfreund, CEO of Salomon, Inc. "" He acknowledged Gutfruend had every now and then urged consumers to stick clear of offers, even in instances the place Salomon might have reaped large charges. "Such service-above-self habit is way from automated on Wall Street," stated Buffett. 12 Gutfruend inspired Warren and Charlie whilst in 1987 Salomon took a wide buying and selling loss, after which in a restructuring laid off 800 staff. That 12 months Gutfreund declined an advantage worthy approximately $2 million. back in 1989, while gains have been down, he took a $500,000 pay lower to $3. five million. " by way of the Nineteen Nineties, even though, Buffett and Munger had turn into uneasy in regards to the chaos and shortage of recognition to strategy that inherent in Salomon's tradition.

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