Berkshire Hathaway 50th Anniversary Symposium

Berkshire Hathaway 50th Anniversary Symposium

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

When Warren Buffett took control of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in 1965, it was a small textile company. Through a combination of value investing, exceptional management and savvy acquisitions, Buffett has transformed the firm into one of the most profitable, successful and highly-emulated corporations in American history. Please join the Museum of American Finance and the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) for a full-day symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of Berkshire Hathaway.

Program Schedule

7:30-8:00 am
Doors open. Continental breakfast available.

8:00-9:00 am
Fireside Chat
Byron D. Trott, chairman and CEO of BDT & Company and source for several of Warren Buffett's important acquisitions, will be interviewed by Carol Loomis, long-time editor of Fortune magazine and editor of Warren Buffett's annual letter to shareholders.

9:15-10:15 am
Panel 1: Investors Inspired by Berkshire Hathaway
Roger Lowenstein (moderator), financial journalist and author of the best-selling Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist and, among other works, the newly-published America's Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve
Bill Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.
Seth A. Klarman, president and CEO of The Baupost Group, L.L.C.

10:30-11:30 am
Panel 2: Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders
Jason Zweig (moderator), Wall Street Journal columnist and editor of the revised edition of The Intelligent Investor
Paul Lountzis, president of Lountzis Asset Management LLC
Thomas Russo, partner at Gardner Russo & Gardner LLC
Whitney Tilson, founder and managing partner of Kase Capital Management LLC

11:30 am-12:15 pm
Lunch Break

12:15-1:15 pm
Panel 3: Value of Partnerships
Jim Grant (moderator), founder and publisher of Grant's Interest Rate Observer
Thomas Gayner, president and chief investment officer of Markel Corporation
John C. Phelan, managing partner of MSD Capital

1:30-2:30 pm
Afternoon Keynote
Lawrence Cunningham, author of Berkshire Beyond Buffett, co-author of The Essays of Warren Buffett and the Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law at George Washington University

All guests will receive a complimentary copy of The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, courtesy of the editor and publisher, Lawrence Cunningham.

Tickets and Admission*

General admission: $325
Current MoAF and NYSSA members: $125
Students: $25

Please note: NYSSA members should e-mail to receive promo code for discounted admission. A limited number of student tickets will be available. Students must present valid student ID at event check-in. Admission includes continental breakfast and lunch.


Whitney Tilson presentation (PDF, 968.35 KB)

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