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Charlie Munger biography

January 21st, 2013

Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett

Charlie T Munger works alongside Warren Buffett, as Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and Warren invariably refers to him as his partner and right hand man, generously giving Charlie credit for much of his success and that of the company.

Charlie Munger was a practising lawyer, having got into Harvard Law School without then having an existing Bachelor degree, not an easy thing to do. Roger Lowenstein recounts that Charlie was somewhat assertive as a student; when challenged by a professor in the Harvard Socratic fashion to analyze a case, Charlie, who had not prepared for the lesson, is reputed to have told the professor to give him the facts of the case and he, Charlie, would give him the law.

Charlie was practising law in Omaha Nebraska when he met Warren Buffett and Buffett eventually persuaded him to give up the law and get into financial investment. Charlie did so, a decision that one suspects neither man has regretted. Certainly, long time shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway would not.

Munger is chief executive officer of Wesco, an associate of Berkshire Hathaway, and like Buffett, his annual letters to shareholders can give good clues as to the investment secrets of this brilliant duo.

Charlie Munger is not only a brilliant investor; he is also a deep thinker with strong views on society, education and the philosophy of life. Go here to read an example of Charlie Munger’s frank discission of investment philosophy.

In 1995, Charlie Munger addressed students at the Harvard Law School on the issue of psychology of human misjudgement.

Charlie Munger is an interesting man and the recent subject of a book on investment philosophy, Investing: The Last Liberal Art

Further resources

Our review of Investing: The Last Liberal Art, by Robert Hagstrom

External Resources

The philosophy of Charlie Munger

Posted by Julian Livy on January 21st, 2013 | Posted in Biographies |