The sign at the door of the Berkshire Hathaway AGM read "No weapons of any kind". It was oddly comforting. At the Scheels sporting goods store, not far from the where the AGM was being held in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, you can buy firearms - from handguns to assault rifles - with little trouble, as long as you have a US ID. As far as stereotypes go, buying firearms at the equivalent of a Cape Union Mart ranks high on the list. Fortunately, Berkshire Hathaway shareholders come armed only with curiosity and a desire to learn at the feet of the world's most successful investors. The sweet-looking octogenarian with whom I have been queueing and making idle chitchat for two hours outside the venue for the 52nd Berkshire Hathaway AGM didn't need a weapon. When the doors finally opened, she skipped ahead at least 16 places with panther-like agility, elbowing through a crowd equally eager for prime seating within sight of their idol, self-made billionaire investor Warren Buffett - the Oracl...

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