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08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Warren Buffett’s Snowflake, Barrick Gold bets signal new strategy

  • Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has made surprise bets on Barrick Gold and Snowflake in recent months, clashing with the investor’s past warnings about gold, tech stocks, and IPOs.
  • Berkshire’s bosses may be pursuing smaller, more frequent investments and cashing in on corporate actions, Brian Gongol, a longtime Berkshire shareholder, told Business Insider.
  • “I wouldn’t be surprised if Buffett, Weschler, Combs, and Ajit Jain all got on the phone and had a talk where they decided to ‘think small’ with some fraction of the company’s cash pile,” Gongol said.
  • Buffett and his team also signaled Berkshire was “the best big investment they could find” when they spent $5.1 billion buying back stock in May and June, Gongol said.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway stunned investors when it revealed a $560 million stake in Barrick Gold in August, and shocked them again with its $735 million bet on Snowflake when it went public in September.

After all, the billionaire investor has blasted gold as an inferior asset and repeatedly warned against backing aggressively valued, lossmaking technology companies, and IPOs.

Yet Barrick and Snowflake aren’t necessarily betrayals of Buffett’s principles, according to Brian Gongol, a longtime Berkshire shareholder and close follower of the company.

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“At first glance, the Snowflake investment really does look out of character — even for Weschler and Combs,” Gongol told Business Insider, referring to Buffett’s two portfolio managers, Ted Weschler and Todd Combs.

However, he pointed to Buffett’s description of “work-outs” — investing opportunities driven by corporate actions such as mergers, spinoffs, and reorganizations — in his 1962 letter to investors in his partnership.

“An IPO is

02
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Warren Buffett’s charity dinner spurred the boss of an online-trading platform to embrace value investing

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  • Cryptocurrency entrepreneur Justin Sun paid $4.6 million for a charity dinner with Warren Buffett in January.
  • Sun hoped to convert Buffett into a Bitcoin fan, but instead one of his guests, eToro CEO Yoni Assia, embraced Buffett’s value-investing approach.
  • Assia read the definitive book on the subject written by Buffett’s mentor, hired a value-investing consultant, and became a bigger proponent of in-depth research and longer investment horizons, Bloomberg reported.
  • The boss of the social-trading platform also tweeted that value investing is a “hidden magic that reveals itself to you only after 20 years of making 15-20% and compounding it.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Cryptocurrency executive Justin Sun shelled out $4.6 million for a charity dinner with Warren Buffett in a vain attempt to convert the billionaire investor into a Bitcoin believer. Instead, one of his guests embraced Buffett’s signature value-investing strategy, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

After dining with the Berkshire Hathaway boss in January, eToro CEO Yoni Assia devoured “The Intelligent Investor,” the value-investing bible written by Buffett’s mentor, Benjamin Graham.

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The boss of the social-trading platform also recruited a value-investing consultant and told his team to spread the word about the power of in-depth research and longer investment timeframes.

“Warren Buffett’s value-investing strategy still rings true,” Assia wrote in a Twitter thread following the dinner. He described it as a “hidden magic that reveals itself to you only after 20 years of making 15-20% and compounding it.”

Assia didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

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