The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

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A&C Black, Sep 16, 2009 - Business & Economics - 832 pages

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.

Combining a unique blend of "The Sage of Omaha's" business savvy, life story and philosophy, The Snowball is essential reading for anyone wishing to discover and replicate the secrets of his business and life success.


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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Contents

The Less Flattering Version
Sun Valley
Creatures of Habit
Warren Whats Wrong?
PART TWO The Inner Scorecard
The Urge to Preach
The Bathtub Steeplechase
Armistice
The
Two Drowned Rats
Newshound
Spaghetti Western
The Giant
How Not to Run a Public Library
And Then What?
Blue Ribbon

A Thousand Ways
Inky Fingers
True Crime Stories
Pudgy She Was
Silent Sales
The Rules of the Racetrack
The Elephant
The Interview
Strike
Mount Everest
Miss Nebraska
Stage Fright
PART THREE The Racetrack
GrahamNewman
The Side to Play
Hidden Splendor
The Omaha Club
The Locomotive
The Windmill
Haystacks of Gold
Folly
Dry Tinder
What a Worsted
Jet Jack
The Scaffold Sways the Future
Easy Safe Profitable and Pleasant
The Unwinding
PART FOUR Susie Sings
Candy Harry
PART FIVE The King of Wall Street
Pharaoh
Rose
Call the Tow Truck
Rubicon
White Nights
ThumbSucking and Its HollowCheeked Result
The Angry Gods
The Lottery
To Hell with the Bear
Chickenfeed
PART SIX Claim Checks
The Genie
Semicolon
The Last Kay Party
By the Rich for the Rich
Oracle
Buffetted
Winter
Frozen Coke
The Seventh Fire
Claim Checks
The Crisis
The Snowball
Notes
A Personal Note About Research
Photo Credits and Permissions
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Alice Schroeder began her career as a certified public accountant, working for Ernst & Young before being appointed as a managing director at Morgan Stanley in the equities division. She was the number one-ranked Institutional Investor All-America Research Analyst in 2001 and 2002, and a member of the All-America Research team for seven years.
Schroeder first met Warren Buffett in 1998. By 2001, Buffett began to suggest that Alice shift from the business of following stocks in order to write full-time.

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