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Buffett article in February issue of Vanity Fair magazine


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I would like to pose the following question to the board members:

 

Who do you think will succeed Buffett as Berkshire CEO & why you think so? Vanity Fair article mentions Sokol, Abel, Jain & Rose as potential successors, but you can name others.

 

FWIW, I think it will be either Ajit Jain or Dave Sokol. If I had to pick today, my guess would be Ajit Jain because insurance is still the #1 business of Berkshire.

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- Sokol will be CEO and oversee all of the non-insurance businesses 

- Jain will oversee all of the insurance businesses...not only National Indemnity 

- Coombs and the other future portfolio managers will look after the investment portfolios for Berkshire and all subsidiaries 

 

The Berkshire Board will oversee Sokol, Jain and the portfolio managers, with Gates being the actual Chairman and Howard Buffett being the figurehead Chairman.  Cheers!

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- Sokol will be CEO and oversee all of the non-insurance businesses 

- Jain will oversee all of the insurance businesses...not only National Indemnity 

- Coombs and the other future portfolio managers will look after the investment portfolios for Berkshire and all subsidiaries 

 

The Berkshire Board will oversee Sokol, Jain and the portfolio managers, with Gates being the actual Chairman and Howard Buffett being the figurehead Chairman.  Cheers!

 

I would agree with Sanjeev. I don't think he would put Ajit as the CEO of the non-insurance businesses...Buffett is well known for his preference to let .400 hitters keep batting in their usual spot in the lineup.

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- Sokol will be CEO and oversee all of the non-insurance businesses 

- Jain will oversee all of the insurance businesses...not only National Indemnity 

- Coombs and the other future portfolio managers will look after the investment portfolios for Berkshire and all subsidiaries 

 

The Berkshire Board will oversee Sokol, Jain and the portfolio managers, with Gates being the actual Chairman and Howard Buffett being the figurehead Chairman.  Cheers!

 

This guy knows his stuff. Lol even down to the Gates part.

Gates said its his duty to watch over Berkshire until ....

 

I guess giving a man $50 billion kinda makes him feel like he owes you something.

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Parsad,

 

The media definitely seem to think Sokol is the heir apparent. But, don't forget that everyone assumed Li Lu would be joining Berkshire very soon, only to be proven wrong. I for one would not be so sure who the next CEO of Berkshire will be.

 

Please share your thoughts on why you think Sokol would be the best choice for CEO given that the fountain from which all the funds flow for Berkshire is insurance.

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Parsad,

 

The media definitely seem to think Sokol is the heir apparent. But, don't forget that everyone assumed Li Lu would be joining Berkshire very soon, only to be proven wrong. I for one would not be so sure who the next CEO of Berkshire will be.

 

Please share your thoughts on why you think Sokol would be the best choice for CEO given that the fountain from which all the funds flow for Berkshire is insurance.

 

My argument is basically the inversion--Ajit Jain is simply *too valuable where he is* to make him the overall CEO of Berkshire, which would take him farther away from the insurance decisions.  I also suspect he wouldn't be interested, but that's purely conjecture.

 

Sokol seems reasonable, but I have nothing specifically wedded to him.

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I would guess Sokol, but you never know...

 

Anyway, a lot of things can happen over the years. New leaders might emerge from Berkshire. We'll know when it will happens.

 

Cheers!

 

I think this is the best point.  It's quite possible at this point that Buffett keeps going for another 10 years.  It probably wouldn't be anyone we've heard of at that point.

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I would guess Sokol, but you never know...

Anyway, a lot of things can happen over the years. New leaders might emerge from Berkshire. We'll know when it will happens.

Cheers!

I think this is the best point.  It's quite possible at this point that Buffett keeps going for another 10 years.  It probably wouldn't be anyone we've heard of at that point.

Don't believe so. It has become the world's favorite pastime to look for our Waldo.

 

Knowing how important the leadership transition is to the company and shareholders, Warren probably approached it like he did his estate giving, long before expected D-Day. It is likely a done deal and the grooming is happening. The operational side, that is. After all the operational side is almost everything in today's BRK. All that is missing is a headline catching announcement. Remember Warren's words, no "out-of-the-box" ideas here!

 

There is no rush on the investment side. They don't mind sitting, sitting, sitting on the growing cash pile (Munger). That ain't no problem for them. After all some $60 B went to work in the last 2 years. The next 60B-100B will find good use. Surely some mistakes will be made as well.

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I would guess Sokol, but you never know...

 

Anyway, a lot of things can happen over the years. New leaders might emerge from Berkshire. We'll know when it will happens.

 

Cheers!

 

I think this is the best point.  It's quite possible at this point that Buffett keeps going for another 10 years.  It probably wouldn't be anyone we've heard of at that point.

 

Maybe it's wishful thinking, but Buffett could last another 20-25 years with medical advances. Look at Irving Kahn. He's like 105!

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