Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Last Update: 2014-11-14

Number of Stocks: 19
Number of New Stocks: 0

Total Value: $21,710 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 7%

Countries: USA
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  • Bill and Melinda Gates: Sustainable Development, A Vision For The Future

    Bill and Melinda Gates appear at the World Economic Forum for a thought-provoking discussion about the trends that are shaping today's world.


  • Bill and Melinda Gates Join Charlie Rose For Discussion on Philanthropy

    Bill Gates is one of the world's richest men, greatest philanthropists, and Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)'s best pal.

    It is hard to know what Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio) should be most admired for.


  • Warren Buffett's Pal Bill Gates - The Global Economy is Slowly Improving

    What is Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio) doing now that he is retired? Work that will save billions of lives in the coming years.

    Gates thinks that the health of people in the world's poorest countries will improve more in the next 15 years than they have in history.  

  • Walmart: Dividend Aristocrats In Focus Part 54

    Walmart (WMT) is the largest discount retailer in the world. Walmart is the 8th largest publicly traded US corporation, and is 4.3 times the size of Costco (COST) and 5.8 times the size of Target (TGT) based on market cap. The retailer has generated 5.67 times the amount of revenue Amazon (AMZN) has over the past 12 months and is the dominant force in discount retail.

    The company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962. Sam Walton’s six heirs are worth an estimated $140 billion today; wealthier than Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio) combined. The scale of what Sam Walton accomplished is truly impressive, yet he is much less celebrated than other multi-billionaires like John Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio), or Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio).


  • Do You Possess the Right Temperament?

    Success in investing doesn't correlate with I.Q. once you're above the level of 25. Once you have ordinary intelligence, what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people into trouble in investing.


  • The Most Widely Held Guru Stocks Near 52-Week Lows

    Value investors are always looking for stocks at low prices. Searching for stocks trading near their 52-week lows is one way to do so. Stocks in general trade in wide ranges throughout the year, even if the business has not drastically changed. If you are going to buy good business, why not buy them near the bottom of the price range? To search for these stocks, I used the GuruFocus All-In-One Screener to find stocks that are trading within 5 percent of their 52-week lows and held by the investing gurus. From there, I sorted the list to find the stocks that are held by the most gurus we follow. These expert value investors have done their homework and believe that these stocks will provide gains in the future. Here are the six most widely held stocks trading near their 52-week lows:

    General Motors Co (GM) closed at $32.18 on 10/8/2014, near its 52-week low of $30.79. The stock is down 25.32 percent from its 52-week high of $41.85 on 12/26/2013. GM designs, builds and sells cars, trucks and automobile parts worldwide. It also provides automotive financing services through GM Financial. With the recall problems and lawsuits the company has been facing, EPS has dropped 63.9 percent over the past 12 months. Most analysts believe that these are temporary issues, and the company will bounce back with an EPS of $4.47 for 2015. With the estimates, GM’s forward P/E ratio is just 6.93, making it a bargain. According to Benjamin Graham, a company with no growth should be trading at a P/E ratio of 8.5. Therefore, if GM even experiences no growth after 2015, it is still undervalued by 18.5 percent. The stock is held by 31 gurus we follow with Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) holding the largest position of 33 million shares, representing 2.06 percent of the shares outstanding.


  • Carlos Slim's Interview With Betty Liu Of Bloomberg

    Carlos Slim, Mexico's richest man who is worth as of September $82 billion, is a business magnate, investor and philanthropist. America Movil (AMOV), Latin America's largest mobile phone carrier as of 2010, accounts for $49 billion of Carlos Slim's wealth by the end of 2010. Slim has extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate Grupo Carso (GCARSO). The holding company has amassed interests in fields of communication, real estate, airlines, media, technology, retail and finance.

    America Movil overview


  • Tocqueville Asset Management – A Letter To Chinese Little Emperor

    I recently published a “Letter to My Grandson” which, by our readership standards, was a huge success with the parents and grandparents of “twenty-somethings.” However, it elicited no response from young readers, which prompted my friendly editor Carey Horwitz to suggest that I should break that letter into small pieces and broadcast it as thirty separate “tweets.”

    Nevertheless, I know many parents of Chinese youths and, building on a variety of anecdotes, I decided to press my luck and write this letter to a Chinese “Little Emperor.”


  • Video: Bill Gates says he's 'very happy' with Satya Nadella

    Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio) sat down with Bloomberg Television anchor Erik Schatzker at the Sibos conference in Boston today, where they discussed Microsoft's (MSFT) strategy, the Ebola outbreak, his philanthropic efforts, financial payment systems in Africa and more.

    On whether Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is moving fast enough, Gates said, "I'm very happy with what he's doing. I see a new sense of energy. There's a lot of opportunity there, some things the company isn't the leader on, and he sees that he needs to change that."


  • Meet The Man Who Manages Bill Gates' Money

    The arrangement is simple: Mr. Larson makes money, and Mr. Gates gives it away. Since 1994, the 54-year-old Mr. Larson has managed Mr. Gates' investment empire, mostly through a firm called Cascade Investment LLC.

    Few people know much about Mr. Gates' assets or Mr. Larson's tactics – and the two men want to keep it that way. Real-estate investments, which range from the fancy Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Mass., to a 490-acre ranch in Wyoming once owned by William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, are often cloaked in nondescript names to make it harder to trace the deals back to Mr. Gates.


  • Top Five Guru-Held Consumer Cyclical Stocks of the First Quarter

    Using the GuruFocus Aggregated Portfolio Screener you can filter results to see what companies maintain the highest amount of guru ownership. By using this screener, we filtered down to see which consumer cyclical companies are held by the most gurus. As of the second quarter, the following five companies are held by the largest number of gurus.

    eBay Inc (EBAY)


  • The Top Five Dividend Stocks that Gurus are Holding

    Using the GuruFocus All-In-One Guru Screener you can filter and find all sorts of stocks based on criteria you’ve created. I decided to take a look at which dividend-focused stocks were held by the highest number of gurus. In my personalized filter I chose to focus on companies with a dividend yield of at least 4% and that have been consistently increasing their dividends. You can view the results of my filter by clicking here. The following five stocks are held by the highest number of gurus and are actually all traded in the U.S. Market.

    Verizon Communications (VZ)


  • Major British Companies Lead Top Guru-Held UK and Ireland Stocks

    Using the GuruFocus Aggregated Portfolio Screener you can filter results to see what companies maintain the highest amount of guru ownership. By using this screener, we filtered down to see which companies based in the UK and Ireland were held by the highest number of gurus. The following five companies come from a variety of industries, are based out of the UK and Ireland and are held by the largest number of gurus.

    BP PLC (BP)


  • Book Review: Guns, Germs and Steel

    Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio) said he was blown away by Guns, Germs and Steel. Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio) also recommends it. I couldn't agree more.

    Jared Diamond takes a close look at why Europeans were able to conquer North America and other regions of the globe. Obviously, it's because they had the guns, the horses and the immunity to some important germs that otherwise decimated their opponents. But Diamond doesn't stop at this well-known yet simplistic viewpoint. He peels the onion to its core to figure out why Europeans had these advantageous elements.

    The commonly accepted racist component is dismissed right at the outset. Diamond discusses separations of people of the same ethnic groups, and how these have resulted in vastly different societies with different levels of technological sophistication and immunities.


  • Top Guru-Owned Energy Companies at the Start of 2014

    Using the GuruFocus Aggregated Portfolio Screener you can filter results to see what companies maintain the highest amount of guru ownership. By using this screener, we filtered down to see energy companies which are held by the most gurus. The following five energy companies are held by the largest number of gurus during the past quarter.

    Exxon Mobil (XOM)


  • Top Five Guru-Held Consumer Cyclical Stocks of the First Quarter

    Using the GuruFocus Aggregated Portfolio Screener you can filter results to see what companies maintain the highest amount of guru ownership. By using this screener, we filtered down to see which consumer cyclical companies are held by the most gurus. As of the first quarter, the following five companies are held by the largest number of gurus.

    General Motors (GM)


  • Three Wise Men - Buffett, Gates and Munger Speak to Fox Business

    The three Berkshire (BRK.A)(BRK.B) directors sit down and talk to Fox Business.

    The video is an hour long so pull up a comfortable chair!


  • Warren Buffett: I Can't Recall When I Bought An IPO

    FOX Business Network's (FBN) Liz Claman spoke with Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), Microsoft founder Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio) and Berkshire Hathaway Vice-Chairman Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio) in a wide ranging interview following the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting. Regarding whether he was interested in the Alibaba IPO, Buffett said, “I can’t recall when I bought an IPO, literally in 50 years maybe I have.” Regarding his succession plans, Buffett said “the candidates are all internal. And I've said that they're male at the present time, although that would not necessarily be the situation, in the future.” When asked about Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos buying the Washington Post Buffett said, “I hope he succeeds like crazy. If anybody has a chance to do so I bet on Jeff.” Buffett also spoke about the insurance business saying, “We won’t sell Geico. No. Never.” Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio) commented on supporting Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella if he wanted to spinoff the company saying, “Absolutely” but “I can’t see that making sense to break it off.”

    Here is the link to the video.  

  • Book Review: Who Says Elephants Can't Dance

    I finally got around to reading the Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) recommended Who Says Elephants Can't Dance. I should have read it a long time ago; it is easily the best book by a former CEO that I've ever read.

    Lou Gerstner was brought in to lead IBM in the early 1990s as it was losing money hand over fist. The company had become bloated following decades of success with its mainframe computer. But now, a slew of component makers (as opposed to the fully integrated sytems from IBM) were disrupting the mainframe with cheaper (albeit less reliable) alternatives. Not only did Gerstner have to stop the bleeding (mainframe sales were down big as desktop sales were taking off) ASAP, but he also had to change the company's long-term strategy so that it was no longer reliant on a product destined for decline.

    There were a lot of reasons I enjoyed this book. First, the level of detail Gerstner goes into when discussing strategic direction is awesome. Gerstner discusses the stack, the fully integrated portfolio IBM had provided its customers, including hardware, software, services and their subcomponents. Competitors were specializing within individual subcomponents, resulting in more efficient operations, but more headaches for customers who had to put the components together. Gerstner had to figure out where IBM strategically fit on that stack, and he takes you through the thought process that caused him to focus the company on middleware and services, while shutting down or selling many of the other areas which IBM used to provide.


  • Bill Gates - The Rolling Stone Interview

    At 58, Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio) is not only the richest man in the world, with a fortune that now exceeds $76 billion, but he may also be the most optimistic. In his view, the world is a giant operating system that just needs to be debugged. Gates' driving idea – the idea that animates his life, that guides his philanthropy, that keeps him late in his sleek book-lined office overlooking Lake Washington, outside Seattle – is the hacker's notion that the code for these problems can be rewritten, that errors can be fixed, that huge systems – whether it's Windows 8, global poverty or climate change – can be improved if you have the right tools and the right skills. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the philanthropic organization with a $36 billion endowment that he runs with his wife, is like a giant startup whose target market is human civilization.

    Personally, Gates has very little Master of the Universe swagger and, given the scale of his wealth, his possessions are modest: three houses, one plane, no yachts. He wears loafers and khakis and V-neck sweaters. He often needs a haircut. His glasses haven't changed much in 40 years. For fun, he attends bridge tournaments.


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