Warren Buffett News

Troubled Irish Insurers Seek Solvency II Support From Bond Investors, Buffett

Investors hunting for yield after a global financial rout might well take a detour to the headquarters of a tiny insurance company hidden away along a highway in west Dublin. Just as world markets cratered on August 24, troubled Irish …

How Google Is Becoming 21st Century Berkshire Hathaway

Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer Larry Page speaks affectionately of fellow billionaire Warren Buffett’s approach to business. With the decision to restructure the Internet-search giant, Page is putting Buffett’s influence into practice. Page on Monday said he’s restructuring Google so …

Ireland’s FBD: Solvency Rule Program on Track as CEO Quits Unexpectedly

FBD Holdings plc said its plans to meet new solvency rules next year are on track as the Irish insurer struggles to return to profit and Andrew Langford unexpectedly quit as chief executive officer last week. Dublin-based FBD said it’s “no different” …

Buffett Helps Ireland’s Vhi Insurance Avoid Bailout with $99M Subordinated Loan

Irish state-owned health insurer Vhi Insurance DAC borrowed money from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to help avoid a bailout as the company comes under central bank regulation for the first time. Berkshire gave Vhi a 90 million-euro [$97.6 million) …

Allianz: Hedge Funds Are Opportunity for Insurance Industry, Not Threat

Chris Fischer Hirs, the head of Allianz SE’s specialty insurance business, said he welcomes the growing participation of Wall Street in the insurance industry as an opportunity, not a threat. “Hedge funds bring capacity to the market,” Fischer Hirs said in an interview in …

Buffett Donates Record $2.84 Billion to Gates Foundation, Family Charities

Warren Buffett on Monday donated about $2.84 billion of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities, as part of the billionaire’s plan to give away nearly all of his wealth. The 10th …

China’s Fosun International to Acquire Phoenix Holdings From Israel’s Delek

Delek Group Ltd. agreed to sell its controlling stake in Phoenix Holdings Ltd., Israel’s fourth- largest insurance provider by market value, to China’s Fosun International Ltd. The Netanya, Israel-based holding company announced on Sunday it would sell its entire 52 percent stake …

Berkshire Hathaway to Buy Stake in IAG to Boost Australia Insurance Sales

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. will pay A$500 million ($388 million) for a stake in Insurance Australia Group Ltd. as part of a plan to expand in the region. The agreement will give Berkshire 20 percent of IAG’s insurance premium payments and make it …

Geithner Asked Buffett for Opinion on AIG Before 2008 Bailout

Billionaire Warren Buffett said he gave an appraisal of American International Group Inc. to Timothy Geithner, then the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, just before it rescued AIG in 2008. Geithner asked “was there enough in …

Berkshire Hathaway Stock Passes $200,000 Mark

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s share price on Thursday surpassed and closed above $200,000 for the first time, the latest milestone for a company that Warren Buffett has built over nearly five decades into what some analysts view as a microcosm of …