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Warren E. Buffett & Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.
Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies (2010)
  • Todd A Finkle, Gonzaga University
Abstract
The case discusses the history and background of one of the most successful entrepreneurs, Warren E. Buffett, and the company that he built, Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. The investment genius of Buffett who is affectionately called the “Oracle of Omaha” is examined. The progressions of Buffett’s entrepreneurial endeavors are followed from his youth, college, Wall Street, investment partnership, and Berkshire Hathaway. The case discusses Buffett’s keys to success, including his value system, and investment philosophy. Students are required to analyze the entrepreneurial personality of Buffett as well as perform a financial analysis on the company. Students are required to make recommendations on what Berkshire should do next in this fragile economy, which Buffett characterized as a recession. The case gives an in-depth analysis of the background, personality, and history of Warren E. Buffett. Buffett’s childhood and psychological makeup are discussed as well as the various influences in his life. The case is especially interesting because it follows the path of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time. The case also gives an overview of the stages that Berkshire Hathaway goes through leading up to 2008. Financial statements are provided so the students can perform financial ratio analysis and evaluate the company’s financial disposition. The current economic crisis facing the U.S. is evaluated. Students are required to evaluate Buffett’s investment philosophy and make recommendations as to what moves the company should make.
Keywords
  • Entrepreneurship,
  • Finance,
  • Ethics,
  • Values,
  • Money and Banking,
  • Philanthropy,
  • Money,
  • Investments,
  • Economy,
  • Stocks,
  • Stock Market Analysis,
  • Asset and investment valuation,
  • Billionaire,
  • Warren Buffett,
  • Berkshire Hathaway,
  • Oracle of Omaha,
  • Value Investing,
  • Investing,
  • Stock Market,
  • Valuation,
  • Startups,
  • Startup
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Todd A Finkle. "Warren E. Buffett & Berkshire Hathaway, Inc." Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies Vol. 16 Iss. 5 (2010) p. 61 - 88
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/todd_finkle/24/