The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
Shortlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Prize 2008
The Snowball is the first and will be the only biography of the world's richest man, Warren Buffett, written with his full cooperation and collaboration.
Warren Buffett is arguably the world's greatest investor. Even as a child he was fascinated by the concept of risk and probability, setting up his first business at the age of six. In 1964 he bought struggling Massachusetts textile firm Berkshire Hathaway and grew it to be the 12th largest corporation in the US purely through the exercise of sound investing principles - a feat never equalled in the annals of business.
Despite an estimated net worth of around US$62 billion, Buffett leads an intriguingly frugal life taking home a salary of only £50,000 a year. His only indulgence is a private jet, an extravagance he wryly acknowledges by calling it "The Indefensible". In 2006, he made the largest charitable donation on record, with most of it going to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Snowball provides a comprehensive, richly detailed insight one of the world's most extraordinary and much loved public figures.
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Warren Buffett and his investment corporation Berkshire Hathaway are the stuff of legends. He grew an investment portfolio from just over $100,000 into a $100+ billion enterprise over several decades ... Read full review
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I struggled through the first 100+ pages before giving up. I could not persuade myself that it was reading any further about a small-time juvenile delinquent who was (or at least represented as being ... Read full review
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Creatures of Habit
Warren Whats Wrong?
PART TWO The Inner Scorecard
The Urge to Preach
The Bathtub Steeplechase
Two Drowned Rats
How Not to Run a Public Library
And Then What?
A Thousand Ways
True Crime Stories
Pudgy She Was
The Rules of the Racetrack
PART THREE The Racetrack
The Side to Play
The Omaha Club
Haystacks of Gold
What a Worsted
The Scaffold Sways the Future
Easy Safe Profitable and Pleasant
PART FOUR Susie Sings
PART FIVE The King of Wall Street
Call the Tow Truck
ThumbSucking and Its HollowCheeked Result
The Angry Gods
To Hell with the Bear
PART SIX Claim Checks
The Last Kay Party
By the Rich for the Rich
The Seventh Fire
A Personal Note About Research
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