Saturday, December 05, 2009
Buffett Personal Wealth and Wells Fargo
Too Big To Fail is surely the best investigative business book since Barbarian at the Gates or The Smartest Guy in the Room. Andrew Sorkin gave many new details and juicy insights into the events leading up to and during the crisis last Fall. One of which was the implied personal fortune of Warren Buffett.
On page 508, Buffett quoted, "I will be willing to personally buy $100 million of stock in this public offering (a Buffett's idea which subsequently led to the eventual PPIP)," which, he explained, "constitutes about 20 percent of my net worth outside of my Berkshire holdings." We can infer that he has a personal fortune of $500 million outside of his fortune in Berkshire.
And during last fall, his by-now famous co-op, Buy America: I am, revealed Buffett bought stocks for his personal account. One of which is Wells Fargo. He owns a personal stake of 2,240,000 shares which he most likely accumulated at a cost of about $56 to $60 million last fall. This constitutes about 12% of his personal fortune.
Disclosure: I own Wells Fargo.