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The Warren Buffett Shareholder

Stories from inside the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

By Stephanie Cuba and Lawrence A. Cunningham

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The Warren Buffett Shareholder

Stories from inside the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

By Stephanie Cuba and Lawrence A. Cunningham

Jacket text

In this engaging collection of stories, 43 veterans of the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting explain why throngs attend year after year. Beyond the famous Q&A with Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, these experts reveal the Berkshire Meeting as a community gathering of fun, fellowship and learning.

The contributors whisk readers through the exciting schedule of surrounding events–book signings, panel discussions and social gatherings–and share the pulse of this distinctive corporate culture. Spanning decades, the book offers glimpses of the past and ideas of what lies ahead. To learn about what makes Buffett’s shareholders tick and all the happenings at the Berkshire Meeting, and to reminisce about past Meetings, make this delightful book your companion.

Includes work by these bestselling authors:

– Robert Hagstrom
– Robert Miles
– Jason Zweig
– Joel Greenblatt
– Vitaliy Katsenelson
– Jeff Matthews
– Charlie Tian
– Whitney Tilson
– Prem Jain
– Karen Linder

About the author

Stephanie Cuba, who is married to Cunningham, and been attending Berkshire Meetings with him for more than a decade, is a real estate consultant based in New York City. Her real estate career spans development at Avalon Bay, investing at State Street Global Advisers, and legal advisory at Paul Hastings.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Cardozo Law School, writing accomplishments range from prize-winning non-fiction to freelance editing and popular advice columns for women. A serial entrepreneur, projects have included the Fireball Network, specialising in networking skills training, and MomUp, a coaching and mentoring program for young mothers. Cuba serves on the Board of Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School and the Advisory Council of Montefiore Medical Center/Einstein College of Medicine.

About the author

Lawrence A. Cunningham is well-known to Berkshire shareholders and other followers of Warren Buffett. A business law professor and consultant based in New York City and Washington DC, his acclaimed books include The Essays of Warren Buffett, which Buffett calls the “gold standard” in books of the genre, and Berkshire Beyond Buffett, both of which Buffett has designated for sale inside the Berkshire Annual Meeting. A member of the George Washington University faculty, Cunningham is the Founding Director of GW in New York, an intensive training program for aspiring Wall Street lawyers.
A graduate of the University of Delaware and Cardozo Law School and former corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Cunningham consults on corporate governance and has served on several boards, private and public, currently including Constellation Software Inc. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the University of Delaware College of Business and is a Trustee of the Museum of American Finance.

Reviews

I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand the whole Berkshire phenomenon. The essays are well-chosen and readable, and collectively they help explain why Berkshire is a unique company, in so many ways.

Kevin M. LaCroix, The D&O Diary

Oh to be in Omaha come the first weekend of May! This smart and engaging book gives you 43 expert opinions as to why you simply need to get there.

Carol Loomis, retired Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine

An amazing collaboration. We know of no other company whose shareholders have teamed up to write a book about the experience.

Mario J. Gabelli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, GAMCO Investors, Inc.

A wonderful, readable book — and great fun — all about the greatest annual meeting in the world.

Andrew Kilpatrick, Author, Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett

Larry Cunningham and Stephanie Cuba have composed The Playbill to the greatest Business Show on Broadway–make that Omaha–namely, the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meetings. Don’t even think of attending without it.

Roger Lowenstein, Author, Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist

Media coverage

From Stock News Press:

“It’s their annual convention where they get to see each other, taste the products, celebrate the company”, said investor Lawrence Cunningham, a professor at George Washington University’s law school and co-editor of the book “The Warren Buffett Shareholder: Stories from Inside the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting”, with Stephanie Cuba.

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From Financial History:

Lawrence A. Cunningham is a profes- sor at George Washington University and a member of the Financial History editorial board. Stephanie Cuba is a real estate consultant in New York City. The two, husband and wife, are co-editors of The Warren Buffett Shareholder: Stories from Inside the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting (2018).

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From NACD Directorship magazine:

Lawrence Cunningham’s annual column for the summer issue of NACD Directorship magazine, including excerpts from contributions to the WB Shareholder book.

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From Seeking Alpha:

The Boyar Value Group recently sat down for an in-depth interview with bestselling author and Berkshire Hathaway expert Larry Cunningham (author of many books including Berkshire Beyond Buffett, The Essays of Warren Buffett, and The Warren Buffett Shareholder).

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From Money Observer:

As one Manhattan attorney and Berkshire shareholder observes: ‘You learn more here in a weekend than you do all year in New York.’

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From The McGraw Show:

Listen to a great interview when Lawrence Cunningham and Stephanie Cuba talk about their new book The Warren Buffett Shareholder on The McGraw Show. They touch upon some of the fascinating essays from the book and remind us all of Warren’s great philosophy – people are more important than anything else.

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From The D&O Diary:

While all of the essays are interesting, there are a few gems. I particularly liked the contribution from Tom Gayner, who has been credited with running Markel Corporation, the company of which he is co-CEO, as a “baby Berkshire.” Gayner recounts how early in his career he became a Buffett devotee, and how he came… Read more »

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From Business Talk with Jim Campbell:

Lawrence A. Cunningham is an authority on corporate governance, corporate culture, and corporate law, and teaches business-related courses that span these fields. He has written dozens of books and scores of articles on a wide range of subjects in law and business.

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From Omaha World-Herald:

In my new book, “The Warren Buffett Shareholder: Stories from Inside the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting,” 43 distinguished meeting veterans tell short stories of their experiences. I explain that the Warren Buffett shareholder is “interested yet patient, skeptical yet faithful, and serious yet fun.” Culling the experience of this seasoned group, who’ve collectively attended the… Read more »

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From The Steve Pomeranz Show:

“A new book is about to sprout … It’s a compendium of writers, speakers, managers, scholars and more – all who have something interesting and useful to say about Warren Buffett, Charlie and Berkshire … ” “…I’m thrilled to say today, my guest is Tom Maneti, who served as a Chairman of the Board, Chief… Read more »

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From The Steve Pomeranz Show:

Steve Jordon is a reporter for the Omaha-World Herald. He’s been covering the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting for over a decade. He’s also a contributor to The Warren Buffett Shareholder: Stories from Inside the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting and joins Steve as part of the 5-part insider series of Buffet and Berkshire. Jordon draws… Read more »

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From Reading the Markets :

Berkshire has a relationship with its shareholders that no other company does. And thus its shareholder meetings are unique. The Warren Buffett Shareholder demonstrates just why that is and why people keep going back, year after year. It’s hard not to feel better having read it.

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From Business Insider UK:

Steve Jordon, a reporter of 50+ years at the Omaha World-Herald, writes on how the meeting expanded to become an annual pilgrimage in the book The Warren Buffett Shareholder: Stories from inside the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting.

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From Omaha World-Herald:

Editor’s note: In a new book, “The Warren Buffett Shareholder,” Buffett-watchers Lawrence Cunningham and Stephanie Cuba have compiled essays by 43 people about Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholder meetings, which now draw more than 40,000 people to Omaha each year… Read more in the extract

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From www.omaha.com:

“The Warren Buffett Shareholder: Stories from the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting,” will debut at this year’s meeting in Omaha on May 5. It’s a collection of 43 essays about the meeting and Buffett, the chairman and chief executive of Berkshire. The book editors, law professor Lawrence Cunningham and his wife, real estate consultant Stephanie Cuba,… Read more »

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From CNBC:

“Accolades are nice, and endorsements are, too, but human connections are what life is largely about,” Bogle said in an essay published in the new book “The Warren Buffett Shareholder” by Lawrence Cunningham and Stephanie Cuba, out on April 20.

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From Omaha World-Herald:

Editor’s note: In a new book “The Warren Buffett Shareholder,” Buffett-watchers Lawrence Cunningham and Stephanie Cuba have compiled essays by 43 people about Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholder meetings. We will excerpt some of those essays each week before this year’s May 5 annual meeting. Today’s comes from Omahan Karen Linder, president and chief executive of Tethon… Read more »

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From Omaha World-Herald:

In a new book, “The Warren Buffett Shareholder,” Buffett-watchers Lawrence Cunningham and Stephanie Cuba have compiled essays by 43 people about Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholder meetings, which now draw more than 40,000 people to Omaha each year. We will excerpt some of those essays each Sunday in print before this year’s May 5 annual meeting. Today’s… Read more »

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From Omaha World-Herald:

Lawrence Cunningham has engineered another book about Warren Buffett, this one a collection of essays by 43 people about Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholder meetings. Titled “The Warren Buffett Shareholder: Stories From Inside the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting” (Cunningham Cuba LLC & Harriman House Ltd., 242 pages, $25), the writers include authors, Berkshire executives, professors, money managers,… Read more »

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From Carol Loomis, retired Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine:

Oh to be in Omaha come the first weekend of May! This smart and engaging book gives you 44 expert opinions as to why you simply need to get there.

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From Value Walk:

Never before have the shareholders of a public company undertaken to write a book about their experience, notes famed investor Mario Gabelli. But, then, Berkshire and Buffett are famous for being sui generis. Featured authors include Jason Zweig, Jack Bogle, Robert Hagstrom, Bob Miles, Tom Gayner, Si Lorne, Pre Jain, Bob Denham, Tom Russo, and… Read more »

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From Value Walk:

Never before have the shareholders of a public company undertaken to write a book about their experience, notes famed investor Mario Gabelli. But, then, Berkshire and Buffett are famous for being sui generis. Featured authors include Jason Zweig, Jack Bogle, Robert Hagstrom, Bob Miles, Tom Gayner, Si Lorne, Pre Jain, Bob Denham, Tom Russo, and… Read more »

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Contents

Preface

Chapter One: Writers
Jason Zweig – You're Not Alone
Steve Jordon – He's Just Like Us
Robert G. Hagstrom – Nobody Wants To Leave
Randy Cepuch – Our Personality

Chapter Two: Partners
Thomas S. Gayner – A Model for Markel
Mark Hughes – Common Denominators
Thomas A. Russo – Lessons from the Managers
Ingrid R. Hendershot – A Partnership Culture

Chapter Three: Readers
Jeff Matthews – Read Everything You Can
Phil and Beth Black – Let's Sell Some Books
Laura J. Rittenhouse – Mountains of Books
Jim Ross – Calling Charlie Munger
Karen Linder – The Women of Berkshire

Chapter Four: Speakers
Robert P. Miles – Accidental Impresario
Vitaliy Katsenelson – Next Year in Omaha
John R. Wingender – The Creighton Panel
Patrick T. Brennan – In and Out of the “Classroom”

Chapter Five: Professors
Prem C. Jain – Investing in People
Thomas Johansen – A Better Syllabus
David Kass – Students
Lawrence A. Cunningham – The Company You Keep

Chapter Six: Pioneers
Joel Greenblatt and John Petry – Value Investors Club
Keith Ashworth-Lord – Buffettology Fund
Charlie Tian – GuruFocus
Macrae Sykes – The Columbia Dinner
Whitney Tilson – A Reception for All

Chapter Seven: Managers
Olza M. (Tony) Nicely – My Mentor
Thomas J. Manenti – Leaving the Woodpile Higher
Bruce N. Whitman – Even Air Force Generals are Awed
Phil Terry (for Sam Taylor) – Sam We Are

Chapter Eight: Scholars
Robert E. Denham – The Shareholders You Deserve
Simon Lorne – (Why It's) The Greatest Show on Earth
Raymond Buck Hartzell – Profit and Purpose
Shane Parrish – The People You Want to Become

Chapter Nine: Patrons
Francois Rochon – Back to Our Roots
Andrew Steginsky – Building Traditions
John C. Bogle – A Shout Out

Chapter Ten: Legends
Charles T. Akre – Becoming Part of the Show
Daniel Pecaut – University of Berkshire Hathaway
Tim Medley – Berkshire Live: There is No Substitute

Epilogue
Contributors
Editors
Acknowledgements



Published: 20/04/2018
Edition: 1st
Pages: 264
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9780857197009
ebook - ISBN 9780857197016
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