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Saturday, May 4
Doug Kass/ Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) midday Q&A roundup: After calling himself "Daniel in...
Doug Kass/ Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) midday Q&A roundup: After calling himself "Daniel in the lion's den," Kass asks if Berkshire is now more like an index fund since it hunts primarily for "elephants" (e.g. Burlington Northern, Heinz) rather than "gazelles." Buffett says growth may slow, but BRK will still generate lots of value. Kass wonders if Buffett's successor will have the same opportunistic, deal-making prowess — Buffett says BRK will still be the place to which companies turn (think Goldman in '08) in times of distress. Kass wants to know if Buffett plans to breakup Berkshire à la Henry Earl Singleton. That would "create poorer results," Buffett responds. (WSJ, NY Times)