OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting where CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger answer questions for hours (all times local):
Berkshire Hathaway set up a booth in the exhibit hall at its annual meeting this year where shareholders can buy campaign buttons urging people to vote for either Chairman Warren Buffett or Vice Chairman Charlie Munger.
Buffett joked that the campaign was his answer to all the people who ask about his successor because he is 88 years old. But Munger at 95 would bring his own health concerns.
Buffett joked said he feels confident he’ll retain the chairman job because he appointed the people who will count the button sales.
Thousands of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders return to Omaha every year to learn from Warren Buffett and celebrate the company he built through acquisitions and investments.
But with the 88-year-old Buffett and 95-year-old Charlie Munger leading the company it’s hard for shareholders not to wonder how much longer the revered investors will be in place. Neither has any plans to retire. The shareholder meeting is Saturday.
Shareholder Stephen Teenois made the trip to Omaha this year after owning the stock for several years because he wanted to experience the event with Buffett and Munger spending hours asking questions.
Teenois said he wants to “soak in everything I can and learn from him.”
Buffett has said that Berkshire has a succession plan in place for whenever it is needed.