Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett is the vote-leader in the portfolio, markets and investments category. He also collected the highest number of votes among all the IA25 candidates in 2019.
At age 88, the Oracle of Omaha continues to tell investors what is on his mind and to lead a conglomerate with large holdings in Apple, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Bank of New York Mellon, American Express, US Bancorp, Kraft Heinz and Coca-Cola. Buffett recently weighed in on who should be the next leader of Wells Fargo, now under Federal Reserve-imposed growth restrictions, for instance.
“They just have to come from someplace [outside Wells] and they shouldn’t come from Wall Street,” he recently told the Financial Times. “They probably shouldn’t come from JPMorgan or Goldman Sachs.”
“There are plenty of good people to run it [from the Wall Street banks], but they are automatically going to draw the ire of a significant percentage of the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, and that’s just not smart,” he told the London-based newspaper.
The famed investor also discussed bitcoin earlier this year on CNBC: “Bitcoin has no unique value at all. It doesn’t produce anything. You can stare at it all day and no little bitcoins come out. It’s a delusion basically.
Concerning blockchain, though, he said, “It’s a very ingenious thing to figure out how to have a limited supply and make it harder and more expensive to create.” Buffett also took the time to suggest the Tesla CEO Elon Musk avoid Twitter. “He’s a remarkable guy. I just don’t see the necessity to communicate,” he said in a televised interview on Yahoo Finance.
Another popular figure in the investing world is Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist for Charles Schwab. In addition to sharing her views regularly online and in other media — including Twitter, where she has 69,000 followers — the investment expert remains a fixture on the speaking circuit.
What’s her view of today’s markets? “U.S. stocks continue to trend higher, indicating investor optimism about economic growth, while a flat/inverted yield curve has tended to herald a weakening economy — the truth may be somewhere in between,” Sonders wrote in mid-April with Schwab colleagues Jeffrey Kleintop and Brad Sorensen.