Warren Buffett is such a legendary investor that it is easy to assume that it came to him so naturally that he was always successful. That actually wasn’t the case, according to Buffett.
“From eleven to nineteen, I was reading Garfield Drew, and Edwards and Magee, and all kinds of, I mean, I read every book, Gerald M. Loeb, I mean, I read every book there was on investments, and I didn’t do well at all. And I had no real investment philosophy. I had a lot of things I tried. I was having a lot of fun. I wasn’t making any money,” Warren Buffett said at the 2002 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting. “And I read Ben’s book (Benjamin Graham’s The Intelligent Investor) in 1949 when I was at University of Nebraska, and that actually just changed my whole view of investing. And it really did, basically, told me to think about a stock as a part of a business. Now, that seems so obvious. You can say, you know, that why should you regard that as the Rosetta Stone? But it is a Rosetta Stone, in a sense.”
Buffett’s full explanation on the books he read that molded his investing philosophy
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