Amazon Got a Place in Berkshire Hathaway's Portfolio

Berkshire Hathaway has been buying Amazon shares: CNBC

Amazon stock climbs as Warren Buffett admits he was an "idiot" for not investing earlier

While numerous preliminary events and communications are essentially cheerleading events for Berkshire Hathaway and its shareholders, there was a significant issue that has come to light.

"I was too dumb to realise what would happen", Buffett said in 2017, in reference to the rise of Amazon's cloud computing business. "We have a different, kind of unbureaucratic way of making decisions", said Munger.

These results illustrate what Buffett has called the "wild and capricious" and, in his view, meaningless swings caused by an accounting rule requiring the reporting of unrealized stock gains with earnings, regardless of Berkshire's plans to sell. "I hope [Buffett] lives forever, but that's probably not a good bet". The firms are setting up an independent company to offer health-care services to their USA employees more transparently and at a lower cost.

Buffett said Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has pulled off "close to a miracle" by transforming an online book seller into the e-commerce giant it is today.

"We just sat there sucking our thumbs", he said.

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Billionaire investor Warren Buffett's sprawling conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway has revealed a huge profit boost after racking up a loss a year ago - but the figures exclude any hit from Kraft Heinz. Berkshire has more than 90 businesses in the railroad, insurance, retail industry, energy, and food sectors.

The Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting, which draws tens of thousands to the small city of Omaha in the American heartland, has been dubbed "Woodstock for Capitalists". The company's annual retreat should answer these questions for investors. "If you are to be happy having $20,000 or $50,000, you won't be happy having $5 million".

"Yeah, I've been a fan, and I've been an idiot for not buying", Mr Buffett said, according to the report.

For almost 30 years from 1979 Berkshire outperformed the USA market by more than 12 per cent on average per year, but since October 2008 its performance has lagged behind the wider market.

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