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Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

by Anne Janette Johnson

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Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
When Warren Buffett was six years old, he bought a six-pack of Coca-Cola for a quarter, then sold each bottle for five cents, making a 20% profit on his investment. Thus began the business career of one of the world's greatest investors. A child during the Great Depression, Warren Buffett vowed at the age of five to one day become very rich. That he did, becoming the wealthiest man in America according to Forbes magazine in 1993. Part of the "Business Leaders" series from Morgan Reynolds Publishing, this book outlines the life of a man with an uncanny ability to invest in companies that no one else was paying attention to, amassing great wealth in the process and earning him the nickname the Oracle of Omaha. Targeted to young adults, this thoroughly researched and well-documented biography comes complete with a bibliography, timeline, websites to explore for further information and extensive source notes. Because teens are generally not that interested in reading about the lives of businessmen, however, its appeal will generally be limited to adults, and college or high school business classes studying economics and investment. Reviewer: Pat Trattles
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up

This book answers many questions about the unassuming billionaire from Omaha. Buffett's life, including a detour to Washington, DC, as his father served in the House of Representatives, is detailed on both personal and professional levels. Johnson focuses on the subject's relentless pursuit of perfection in finding companies worthy of his investment and avoiding areas, like technology, that he doesn't fully trust. Using many examples, she highlights how the man researches a company, what criteria he uses to determine whether or not to invest, and his commitment to Berkshire Hathaway's shareholders. These anecdotes make the book accessible and demystify the sometimes-confusing world of stocks and investments. The book concludes with a chapter on Buffett's relationship with another billionaire maverick, Bill Gates, and describes how Buffett has pledged the bulk of his personal fortune to Gates's foundation for promoting health care and education initiatives worldwide. A fair number of color photos is included.-Carol Fazioli, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA

Product Details

Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
Publication date:
Business Leaders Series
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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