At Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting over the weekend, both CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger had some colorful terms for recent events.
Buffett termed the situation surrounding David Sokol and the acquisition of Lubrizol "inexplicable and inexcusable," and said that the company did not plan to make any large changes to the way it oversaw its managers despite Sokol’s fall from grace. And Munger said after Berkshire’s press conference on Sunday that the involvement of investment bankers in helping to hide the gravity of Greece’s debt situation was “perfectly disgusting.”
In a CNBC report, Buffett said he had “obviously made a big mistake by not saying, ‘Well, when did you buy it?’ ” when Sokol (right) first mentioned owning shares of Lubrizol stock in January. Terming “inexcusable” Sokol’s failure to abide by the company’s code of ethics, and "inexplicable" why Sokol did what he did in the first place, Buffett nonetheless said that Sokol’s actions did not mean that Berkshire planned to change its loose oversight of managers.
Commenting on his as-yet-unnamed successor, Buffett said that the next head of Berkshire would be an ethical leader but won't have to know how to run all the businesses owned by Berkshire. "The next CEO will do it his own way, and he will almost certainly change some of it," he said.