Pilgrimage to Omaha's Top Ten List of Questions We'd Like to Hear Warren Buffett Asked
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New York, NY (PRWEB) April 10, 2009
Jeff Matthews, manager of the Ram Partners, LP, hedge fund and popular financial blogger, is hosting a contest to find the top ten questions everyone wants to ask Warren Buffett. Buffett, arguably the most influential businessman in the world, is well-known for his annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders' meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, where he sets aside time to answer questions from the audience.
Some have been critical of this longstanding tradition. "Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholder meeting is no longer mainly about Berkshire Hathaway. Instead, the Berkshire meeting is mainly about Warren Buffett--what he eats to stay healthy, what he reads to stay informed, and what he thinks about all manner of topics, from what teenagers should do with their lives to how he'd handle the healthcare crisis," Matthews says. Frustrated with the off-topic questions that the Oracle of Omaha is usually peppered with at this event, Matthews invited the readers of his blog to send him the questions they'd want to ask Warren Buffett if they could. The responses poured in, and dozens of questions were included in the first annual "Pilgrimage to Omaha's Top Ten List of Questions We'd Like to Hear Warren Buffett Asked" poll.
Anyone can vote by visiting JeffMatthewsIsNotMakingThisUp and clicking on the link at the top of the blog. Voters are encouraged to vote for up to ten questions. Voting closes on April 15. The top ten questions will then be revealed, and the people who submitted the winning questions will each receive a copy of Jeff Matthew's book, Pilgrimage to Warren Buffett's Omaha, which tells the story of Matthew's visits to the fabled shareholders' meeting.
As expected, many of the questions that have been submitted focus on the government bailouts and the economic crisis. More surprising, however, is the amount of anger that appears to be directed at Buffett himself. "How do you sleep at night knowing you sacrificed Ron Furgeson to avoid your own responsibility with the General Re/AIG crime?" one submitter asks. "Why did you use the Black Scholes model to price the equity index put options, since we know that it is nonsense?" demands another. Whether these sentiments reflect popular opinion or not will be seen when the votes are tallied.
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