Monday, November 17, 2014 | 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
1540 Broadway (at 45th Street), Suite 1010
New York City
Averaging close to 20% annual growth in book value for the last 49 years, Berkshire Hathaway is a blue chip stock led by its CEO, legendary investor Warren Buffett. But despite its perennial outperformance and controlling interest in American Express, GEICO, reinsurer Gen Re and Coca-Cola, the $300 billion Omaha-headquartered conglomerate is at best synonymous with—and at worst overshadowed by—Buffett himself, whose folksy demeanor and singular genius as the harbinger of modern value investing have elevated him to rarefied standing as a financier as well as a businessman.
With Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values (Columbia University Press, October 2014), professor, business author and noted Buffett chronicler Lawrence Cunningham has asked the unique question of what will become of Berkshire Hathaway once its celebrated chief executive is no longer in charge and come away with not only an encouraging outlook, but an insightful premise on how an overarching commitment to value has instilled a corporate culture structured on thrift, integrity, entrepreneurship, autonomy and a sense of permanence.
About the Speaker
Lawrence Cunningham is a leading authority on Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway and on corporate governance and culture. Since 1997, he has been editor and publisher of Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America. He has also written How To Think Like Benjamin Graham and Invest Like Warren Buffett and The AIG Story, co-authored by AIG architect Hank Greenberg. As a business author, deal lawyer, and consultant on corporate governance and culture, he has appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, Directors & Boards, and Columbia Law Review and is sought after speaker. Cunningham is a professor of business law for George Washington University. He earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Delaware, and law degree from Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School in New York.