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A Finger on the Pulse of Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett

September 15, 2005

At 74, Buffett says he is in excellent health and has no plans to retire. Nor has he named a successor. But if he did leave the company, what would happen to it? Buffett is universally viewed as the key to Berkshire's fine performance. "He's obviously a very bright man," Siegel said. "He looks at things very rationally. He doesn't like to get his emotions involved."

While that sounds like a sensible practice anyone could emulate, it's very difficult to keep excitement, worry and other emotions from affecting decisions, Siegel added. Many books have been written about "The Buffett Way" of investing. But like most people at the top of their fields, Buffett has a talent that cannot be bottled, Siegel noted, and his departure would inevitably be something of a blow. He has no obvious successor: His long-time partner, Charlie Munger, is older.


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