By Lawrence A. Cunningham
Berkshire Hathaway, the $300+ billion conglomerate that Warren Buffett outfitted, is one of the world's biggest and most renowned organizations. but, for all its strength and famous person, few humans comprehend Berkshire, and lots of imagine it can't live to tell the tale with out Buffett. This booklet proves that assumption unsuitable.
In a entire portrait of the specific company tradition that unites and sustains Berkshire's fifty direct subsidiaries, Lawrence A. Cunningham finds the qualities that advertise the conglomerate's perpetual prosperity.
Riveting tales recount every one subsidiary's origins, triumphs, and trip to Berkshire and show the suggestions managers use to generate fiscal worth from intangible values, comparable to thrift, integrity, entrepreneurship, autonomy, and a feeling of permanence.
Rich with classes for these wishing to benefit from the Berkshire version, this enticing publication is a helpful learn for marketers, company vendors, managers, and traders, and it makes a massive source for students of company stewardship.
Berkshire past Buffett explores not just what is going to occur to Berkshire after Buffett, yet provides all of Berkshire at the back of Buffett, the inspiring managerial luminaries, leading edge marketers, and devotees of deep values that outline this esteemed organization.
General readers will get pleasure from studying how an iconoclastic businessman reworked a suffering fabric corporation right into a company fort destined to be his lasting legacy.
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Warren Buffett would one day help make business understandable to the average person, while earning the notice and respect of the country’s most sophisticated financial minds. But this was 1986, and no one could have predicted what lay ahead for Warren. In the decades that followed, he would build a $300 billion company, one acquisition at a time, a feat that would awe even those of us who have known him for so long. Larry Cunningham’s book is a comprehensive look at many of the lessons to be gleaned from Warren’s experience in putting together an organization structured to thrive long into the future.
Based in Pasadena, Wesco was founded by the Casper family. Its principal business was a mutual savings and loan association, which catered to military veterans and thrived because of a commitment to low cost. In 1973, Wesco management proposed to merge it into Financial Corporation of Santa Barbara (FCSB), with Wesco stockholders receiving FCSB shares. Wesco stockholders disagreed over the adequacy of the FCSB shares they were to receive. Buffett and Munger believed that Wesco shares were undervalued and that FCSB’s were overvalued.
Lorne of Millennium Management, former long-time partner of Munger, Tolles & Olson, Berkshire’s lead outside law firm. For writing the foreword, thanks to Thomas S. Murphy, a Buffett friend and associate since 1969, who has exerted a far greater influence on both Buffett and Berkshire than is generally appreciated. I thank the following current and former Berkshire subsidiary officers and directors for help, whether through interviews that animate the book, completing my managerial surveys that speak to Berkshire culture, or providing other input: Paul E.