@WSJ reporter covering Warren Buffett/Berkshire, billionaires, wealth. Former M&A reporter. I run, I cook. Retweets are what they are.

Duracell Deal Will Boost Berkshire’s 2Q Profit, On Paper at Least

blogs.wsj.com — Warren Buffett often cautions Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s shareholders to ignore some of the numbers his massive conglomerate reports each quarter. Gains or losses in the company's investment portfolio and derivative books can sometimes mask the performance of the firm's other businesses, he says.

Buffett’s Duracell Deal Has Roots in 1989 Investment

blogs.wsj.com — Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s deal to buy Duracell has its roots in Warren Buffett 's effort to help Gillette fend off corporate raiders 25 years ago. In that 1989 deal, Berkshire made a $600 million investment in the razor company. When Procter & Gamble Co. bought Gillette in 2005, Berkshire's shares were converted into P&G stock.

Buffett, Not a Fan of Capital-Heavy Firms, Spends $12B on Them in 2014

blogs.wsj.com — Warren Buffett is not a fan of capital-intensive businesses, but over the years he and his business partner Charlie Munger have modified their stand. As Mr. Buffett told the Journal last month: "Charlie and I for decades said that the best businesses don't need capital and that's still the case.

What Will Set Warren Buffett’s Company Apart When He’s Gone?

blogs.wsj.com — Warren Buffett likes companies that have wide "moats" - his term for competitive advantages - and has built Berkshire Hathaway Inc. into a gigantic conglomerate by buying or investing in companies protected by moats. But what is Berkshire's moat?

Berkshire’s Betting Big On Energy, But Likely Not on Oncor

blogs.wsj.com — Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has bet big on the energy sector, committing to spend more than $15 billion on building renewble-energy projects such as wind and solar farms. Mr. Buffett has also let it be known that Berkshire Hathaway Energy will be spending billions on purchasing other regulated utilities.

Warren Buffett Puts Wind in Berkshire’s Sails

online.wsj.com — Warren Buffett is synonymous with his hometown of Omaha, Neb., but for a glimpse into the future of his investment empire, look east...to Iowa. In the neighboring Hawkeye State, the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. chairman has sunk billions into wind-farm projects, part of a big gambit on renewable energy by a utility company he acquired in 2000 and has built into one of the country's largest power suppliers.

Ackman, Buffett, Gates Ride the Rail Boom to Profits

blogs.wsj.com — Some investors in railroads have lately had a great ride. Whatever happens with the potential tie-up of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. and CSX Corp., reported Sunday by The Wall Street Journal, investor William Ackman has made a lot of money in Canadian Pacific, which he started buying about three years ago.

Gates Links Technology, Banking Services for Poor

online.wsj.com — Bill Gates is banking on digital technology to bring financial services to the world's poor.

Breaking Down Bill Gates’s Wealth

blogs.wsj.com — Bill Gates has a net worth of nearly $82 billion, of which just $14 billion is in Microsoft stock. The bulk of the remainder - $64 billion - is invested in a variety of assets through Cascade Investment LLC, his private investment firm, according to people familiar with the matter.

This Man's Job: Make Bill Gates Richer

online.wsj.com — Invitations to a dinner party from Bill and Melinda Gates at their mansion near Seattle in February included an unusual request: Wear pink or platinum. Spotlights installed for the occasion bathed the room in a pink glow. Mr. Gates raised his glass to toast the guest of honor, Michael Larson, who sat nearby wearing a pink button-down shirt, his favorite color.
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Nov 26, 2014

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Nov 25, 2014

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Nov 25, 2014

Twitter in talks to buy Bieber-backed Shots: Source cnb.cx/1ts68fL

Nov 25, 2014

Seeing how the sausage is made isn't such a bad thing, according to this @WSJ reader: on.wsj.com/11VhsdG

Nov 25, 2014

RT @pdacosta: "I met my wife covering the mayor’s crack possession trial 24 years ago." - @WSJ's Hilsenrath on.wsj.com/11Vitma pic.twitter.com/C7ppnce2qq

Nov 25, 2014

Hey @WSJ SF buro, I hope you got to share this 30,000-calorie Thanksgiving meal cooked by @GeoffreyFowler: on.wsj.com/1Cb2Mbk

Nov 25, 2014

RT @serenasaitto: FBI Files Say Hedge Fund Analyst Made Millions on Tips From @Dell Insider bloom.bg/1zoHz7S via @BloombergNews

Nov 25, 2014

Nothing sounds worse than "healthy stuffing."

Nov 25, 2014

RT @romenesko: For 22 years, Debbie Luczak Hoffman put contest entries together for WSJ; now she'll do it for you. jimromenesko.com/2014/11/25/for…

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