Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Last Update: 11-14-2016

Number of Stocks: 18
Number of New Stocks: 0

Total Value: $18,452 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 8%

Countries: USA
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  • 21 Questions for Bluegrass Capital's Founder

    Thank you for your interest in me. I am a longtime follower of your site and hope my responses prove useful to at least a few of your readers. I look forward to other interviews in this series.

    19. Describe some of the biggest mistakes you have made value investing. What are your three worst investments? What did you learn and how do you avoid those mistakes today?


  • Bill Gates' Largest Investments of the Year

    Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio) is one of the smartest businessmen in the world. He founded Microsoft (MSFT) and grew it to the world's largest software maker and monopolized the PC world. Gates was the world's richest man for 15 consecutive years. The following are the best performers of his most recent investments.

    Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) with a market cap of $50.61 billion has gained 31.6% year to date. The guru's stake represents 1.93% of the company's outstanding shares and 5.08% of his total assets.


  • Gates Foundation Nearly Triples Stake in Liberty Global

    During the second quarter, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation nearly tripled his stake in Liberty Global (LBTYK), adding an additional 454,077 shares of the company. The foundation's portfolio is managed by Michael Larson of Cascade Investment Fund. Since the addition, Liberty Global’s market price has tumbled by an estimated 23%.



  • Bill Gates Trims Stake in Berkshire Hathaway

    Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio) and his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust reduced the stake in Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) by 7.21% during the second quarter.

    Gates now owns 64,281,549 shares in Berkshire Hathaway.


  • Microsoft CFO Sells Shares

    Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood sold 120,000 shares of Microsoft for an average price of $57.86 per share on Aug. 8. Hood now holds 523,425 shares.

    Microsoft is a technology company involved in designing, manufacturing, licensing and supporting software and products. It was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio). Some of its products include the Windows operating system, Microsoft Office and Xbox game consoles.


  • 5 New Books for Value Investors

    Reading is very important for value investors. In fact, it is one of the Seven Key Tips to Value Investing. A great way to continually hone your investing strategies and pursue the greatest level of investing success is through frequently reading new literature. To that end, here's a list of five new books for value investors to consider adding to their reading list.

    Recommended Reading


  • Watch: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates Hang Out, Visit Dairy Queen, Play Ukulele

    The chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B) and founder of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) became friends 25 years ago and have since collaborated in business and charity. This week, Buffett and Gates made a virtual reality video of some of their shenanigans.

    Read Gates' post called "25 Years of Learning and Laughter" and the included video here.


  • Company Shares Trading With Low P/S Ratios

    According to GuruFocus' All-in-One Screener, the following are companies with market caps above $5 billion that are trading with low P/S ratios.

    Principal Financial Group Inc. (PFG) is trading at about $43 with a P/S ratio of 1.04 and an estimated P/E multiple of 10.99. The company has a market cap of $12.52 billion; over the last 10 years, the stock has dropped by 18%. During the last 52 weeks, the price has been as high as $58.02 and as low as $33.09.


  • David Carlson Invests in Stake in Microsoft

    Guru David Carlson (Trades, Portfolio), who manages the Elfun Trusts' mutual fund and the Damon Runyon equity portfolio for GE Asset Management, purchased a 480,000-share stake in Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) in the first quarter.

    Microsoft has a market cap of $399.15 billion, an enterprise value of $340 billion, a P/E ratio of 40.29, a P/B ratio of 5.34 and a dividend yield of 2.65.


  • Low PS for Caterpillar, L-3, Advanced Auto Parts

    According to GuruFocus' All-in-One Screener, the following are companies with market caps above $5 billion that are trading with low P/S ratios.

    Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) is trading at about $72 with a P/S ratio of 1.01 and an estimated P/E multiple of 34.66. The company has a market cap of $42.29 billion; over the last 10 years, the stock has dropped by 7%. During the last 52 weeks, the price has been as high as $89.62 and as low as $56.36.


  • My 1st Trip to Omaha for the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting

    Saturday, April 30 was a day that I will never forget as it started with waiting outside the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, with thousands of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B) shareholders holding umbrellas over their heads in an effort to stay dry from a downpour.

    The doors opened at 6:20 a.m., and my friend Chris and I, as well as thousands of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, entered the CenturyLink Center walking through security checks and metal detectors before arriving at our seats. As I sat down I saw that guru Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) was in attendance as well as the founder of Microsoft (MSFT), Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio).


  • Gabelli Speculates on Buffett’s Next Elephant

    In an interesting episode of Squawkbox Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) highlights a couple of companies that Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B) CEO Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) might look at next. With Buffett unlikely to ever buy a defense company, Gabelli skips over that sector (although he likes several names in the industry) but instead focuses on water infrastructure:


  • Guru Stocks With Low PS Ratio

    According to GuruFocus' All-in-One Screener, the following are companies with a market cap above $5 billion that are trading with a very low P/S ratio.

    FirstEnergy Corp. (FE) is trading at about $35.66 with a P/S ratio of 1.01 and an estimated P/E multiple of 26.22. The company has a market cap of $15.11 billion and over the last 10 years, the stock has dropped by 28%. During the last 52 weeks, the price has been as high as $37.05 and as low as $28.89.


  • Richest Guru of All Sells Out Stake in BP

    Guru Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio) sold his 6,134,939-share stake in BP PLC (NYSE:BP) in the fourth quarter.

    BP was originally incorporated in 1909 in England and is one of the world’s leading integrated oil and gas companies. The company provides its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving and the petrochemicals products used to make everyday items such as diverse paints, clothes and packaging. BP operates in more than 70 countries across the globe and has 79,800 employees.


  • AutoNation Is a Buy for Patient Value Investors

    “The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists” - Benjamin Graham

    There are certainly plenty of pessimists about AutoNation Inc. (NYSE:AN), as shares have sold off the past year from $65 to about $48 today. Are the pessimists correct and is the drop justified? Or is this an opportunity for a realist to buy from those pessimists and benefit later when sentiment changes?


  • Bill Gates Reduces Position in Berkshire Hathaway

    The founder of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), the world’s largest personal computer software company, Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio) has an estimated net worth of $83.5 billion, according to Bloomberg.

    These days Gates keeps busy mostly with his philanthropic activities and various projects through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which was established in 2000, but he still makes at least two stock transactions per quarter.


  • Bill Gates on Being Fanatical

    As I was reading the transcript of an interview that Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio) had with Charlie Rose, a very interesting subject came up. It seems that Gates had recently expanded his circle of competence to cover science and other topics that can help his foundation's goals. Why do I say recently? Because in the interview, Gates is explicit in that while he was building Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), he dedicated most of his spare time and reading to developing great software. The love for science was there, but he believed in being fanatical to achieve results.

    Charlie Rose: Did you have what you now have (this fascination and love for science)...for a while? Was this something that was in you? As a kid, were you interested in science?

  • Widely Undervalued Stocks Trading Below Peter Lynch Value

    According to GuruFocus' All-in-One Screener, several gurus are focusing on stocks whose Peter Lynch fair value is far above the current price. The following stocks are trading with a wide margin of safety, and at least five gurus are shareholders.

    AutoNation Inc. (AN) is trading at about $48 per share, and the Peter Lynch value gives the stock a fair price of $87.65, giving a margin of safety of 45%. It is trading with a PE ratio of 11.90, higher than 59% of companies in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry, and is currently 28.98% below its 52-week high and 18.52% above its 52-week low.


  • EcoLab a Unique Business, One of Bill Gates' Favorite Stocks

    Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) is one of the most reliable businesses that money can buy. Although its dividend yield is low (1.4%), the company’s long-term growth outlook is outstanding and supported by ECL’s moat (90% recurring revenue in the form of essential consumables; entrenched customer relationships; twice as large as its next biggest competitor; 25,000 customer-facing employees).

    We look for these types of business for our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio and believe that weak energy markets, currency headwinds, and sluggish global growth could be providing a buying opportunity.


  • 'Dead Companies Walking' Is a Great Book on Short Selling

    After reading John Huber's great article "Valeant, Short Selling and the Too-Hard Pile," I listened to his recommendation and purchased the book "Dead Companies Walking" by Scott Fearton. I have read many investing books, but this was, by far, the best I have ever read.

    At the beginning of the book, Fearton quotes Thomas J. Watson: “If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.” Fearton starts off his book gaining momentum for the reader. I like this quote because I realized the truth in the statement: The more volume that you put into something, the more likely it is that you will succeed.


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