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06
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Billionaire investor Dan Loeb follows Warren Buffett and Marc Benioff into Snowflake

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  • Billionaire hedge-fund manager Dan Loeb has joined Warren Buffett and Marc Benioff as a Snowflake shareholder.
  • Loeb’s Third Point, which counts Amazon and Alibaba among its biggest holdings, revealed a position in Snowflake in its latest portfolio update.
  • Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and Benioff’s Salesforce both purchased Snowflake stock in private placements immediately after it went public last month.
  • Snowflake is a natural fit for Third Point and Salesforce’s tech-heavy portfolios, but it’s an unusual bet for Berkshire given Buffett’s past warnings against tech stocks and IPOs.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Billionaire investor Dan Loeb has followed Warren Buffett and Marc Benioff into Snowflake, the cloud-data platform that went public last month and saw its stock price more than double during its first day of trading.

Loeb’s Third Point fund counted Snowflake among its winning investments in September, its latest portfolio update shows. However, it didn’t disclose the size of its stake or when it was purchased.

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Snowflake contributed to an 11.7% gain for Third Point’s portfolio last quarter, outstripping the S&P 500’s 8.9% gain over the same period. Yet the fund’s 3.6% gain for the year to September trailed the benchmark index’s 8.9% rally.

The software company is a natural fit for Third Point, which held stakes in Alibaba, Amazon, Adobe, Salesforce, Facebook, and other tech stocks at the last count.

The same is true for Salesforce Ventures, the investment arm of Benioff’s enterprise-software giant, which backed Snowflake before it went public and bought $250 million of its stock in a private

30
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Silver Lake was labeled the ‘Warren Buffett of tech’ for investing billions during the pandemic. It’s emulating Buffett again with its new 25-year strategy



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  •  Silver Lake is launching a 25-year investment strategy, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
  • The private-equity giant is becoming even more like Warren Buffett with its longer investing timeframe.
  • Silver Lake has invested billions of dollars in Twitter, Airbnb, Expedia, and other businesses during the pandemic, similar to how Buffett handed cash to the likes of Goldman Sachs and General Electric during the 2008 financial crisis.
  • The firm has also emulated Buffett by lending money at lofty interest rates and securing equity warrants.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Silver Lake pulled from Warren Buffett’s playbook when it injected cash into ailing companies during the coronavirus crash this year. The private-equity giant is emulating the famed investor once again with the launch of a 25-year investment strategy.

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Abu Dhabi’s sovereign-wealth fund, Mubadala, is acquiring a sub-5% stake in Silver Lake and contributing $2 billion to the new fund, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Silver Lake, which manages more than $60 billion in total assets, has a quarter of a century to employ Mubadala’s cash and realize any gains — more than double the usual 10-year timeframe for private-equity funds, The Journal said.

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Buffett, the billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, has championed long-term investing for decades and held stocks such as Coca-Cola for more than 30 years. “Our favorite holding period is forever,” Buffett wrote in his 1988 shareholder letter.

Silver Lake hasn’t just adopted a Buffett-esque investment horizon, it has also taken up his mantle