Saturday, March 8, 2014

Select Quotes from Warren Buffett



The PowerTrend Profits investing newsletter identifies some favorite quotes by Warren Buffett:


"The stock market is a no-called-strike game. You don't have to swing at everything -- you can wait for your pitch."

"'Price is what you pay; value is what you get.' Whether we're talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down."

"The best thing that happens to us is when a great company gets into temporary trouble... We want to buy them when they're on the operating table."

"When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever."

"It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price."

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Billionaire App Man

WhatsApp founders swap struggle for billionaire status (via AFP)

Jan Koum, an immigrant from Ukraine, was so poor as a teenager that he used saved old Soviet notebooks for school and queued with his mom for food stamps. Brian Acton lost a small fortune in the dot-com bust and was rejected for jobs at Twitter and…

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Billionaire's Demands





Book Description:

Booth Harrison has made a habit of getting what he wants, be it a new addition to the Harrison media empire, or a better relationship with his half-brother.  But meeting his brother’s new sister-in-law, Camryn McBride, poses a new challenge.  The savvy CFO of McBride Media has a brain he wants to pick…and a body he needs to claim.

Camyrn has spent the past few years helping to rebuild her family’s magazine company, focusing on that rather than her disastrous personal life.  But when Booth Harrison invites her to be the keynote speaker at a sales conference in Hawaii, she’s tempted to combine business with pleasure.

But meeting the billionaire’s demands won’t be easy, because someone doesn’t want a merger between them to happen.


The Billionaire's Demands

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bullish Billionaire David Tepper Dumps Stocks



As reported on his recently released 13F for Q4 2013, David Tepper liquidated the following stocks:
  • US Airways ($178 million, 9.4MM shares)
  • Dow Jones DIA ETF ($151 million, 1MM shares)
  • Hertz ($33 million, 1.5MM shraes)
  • Bank of America ($31 million, 2.2K shares)
  • Sandisk ($25 million, 425K shares)

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sam Zell: Get to Work

Billionaire: 'One percent work harder' (via CNN Video)

Billionaire real estate developer Sam Zell says America slams the one percent because it's "politically convenient.''

Monday, February 3, 2014

Larry Ellison gets his skipper

Spithill sticks with Oracle for America's Cup (via AFP)

Jimmy Spithill will seek an America's Cup treble with Oracle Team USA, sticking with the team he led from the brink of defeat to triumph on San Francisco Bay last year. Oracle announced on Monday that the 34-year-old Australian had re-signed with the…

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wake Up! Marrissa Mayer


As reported this month, Yahoo's core businesses show little improvement after a release of financial statements indicating lower earnings and sales.

Search ads are down 4% and Yahoo! stock is off 6% over the past 12 months!

Wake Up! Marrissa Mayer!


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

For Carl Icahn, Apple is a One-Decision-Stock

Icahn Increases Apple Stake With $500M More Shares (via Bloomberg TV)

Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Scarlet Fu reports that billionaire investor Carl Icahn has purchased another $500 million in Apple shares on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers."

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New Billionaire: Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook

Sandberg a billionaire as Facebook shares hit new high (via AFP)

Facebook shares climbed to a new high on Tuesday, catapulting chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg onto the roster of tech billionaires. Shares of the world's leading social network closed the Nasdaq trading day at $58.51, shedding a few cents in…

Monday, January 20, 2014

Mark Cuban Mouths Off Again

Mark Cuban Fined $100K (via FanIQ)

  Commissioner David Stern fined Mark Cuban $100,000 for approaching referees with inappropriate language after the Mavs blew a 17-point lead to the Clippers this past Wednesday with a loss of 129-127.   After Cuban was slapped with the fine,…

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Beanie Babies Billionaire is a Tax Cheat


Ty Warner, the billionaire behind Beanie Babies, will find out this week how bad his sentence will be when a federal judge sends him behind bars to cry like a baby for up to five years for evading taxes on $25 million in income.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Billionaire in Love

Billionaire Businesswoman Folorunsho Alakija’s Son To Wed Soon (via The InfoStrides)

One of the sons of billionaire businesswoman Folorunsho Alakija, Rotimi Alakija, is soon to wed the love of his life, beautiful Ms Kike Fejemirokun, who he has been dating for a while after meeting in the UK where they both went to school. Kike attended…

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fracking Competitively Threatens ‘Any Oil Producing Country in the World’


Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a billionaire businessman and nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, said the production of shale oil and natural gas in the United States and other countries, primarily done through fracking, is a real competitive threat to “any oil-producing country in the world,” adding that Saudi Arabia must address the issue because it is a “matter of survival.” (CNS News.com)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

China’s hi-tech billionaire emperors ready to make more in 2014

A new generation is taking power in China. Not the grey graduates of Communist Party committees. But aggressive, entrepreneurial and often colourful internet billionaires.
As well as influencing domestic politics, several plan to break out on to the world stage in 2014.


article: Telegraph

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Self made billionaire, William C. Erbey

Underwater Homes Provide a Flood of Cash for Billionaire Erbey (via www.mybanktracker.com)

A self made billionaire, William C. Erbey, has joined the Forbes 400 richest Americans list by turning to an innovative method of refinancing homes that have negative equity. Erbey is the founder of Ocwen Financial Corporation, the largest non bank…