Berkshire Hathaway’s Great Transformation

On a spring day in 1964, Warren Buffett received a letter from Seabury Stanton offering to purchase the Buffett Partnership’s stake in Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett and Stanton had agreed to a price of $11.50 but Stanton’s letter offered only $11.375. This annoyed the thirty-three year old Buffett and he started buying more shares starting his long journey of transforming Berkshire Hathaway into what it is today.

Buffett’s SEC Filing Implies Repurchases

On July 8, Warren Buffett submitted a regulatory filing to document his annual contributions of Berkshire Hathaway stock to several charitable foundations. The filing included the total number of shares Buffett held as of July 8 along with the percentage of economic interest of Berkshire he controlled as of that date. Sharp-eyed investors and journalists noted that the disclosure implied that Berkshire has been repurchasing shares.

The Buffalo News: From Butler to Buffett

From Butler to Buffett provides a great example of the evolution of newspapers from the late nineteenth century up through the consolidation of the industry that was largely complete a hundred years later. Murray Light provides a fascinating account of how the paper transformed from a scrappy startup founded in 1873 into the only surviving newspaper in the city 110 years later following Buffett’s acquisition of the paper.

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