My father … had powerful friends and access to almost everyone.
—PETER BUFFETT [BUFFETT, PETER, 2011, P. 67]
The smartest investor in the country.
—JOHN LOOMIS [CITED IN LOOMIS, 2012]
Buffett’s natural talent came to the fore when he first showed interest in investing at the age of six or seven. At about that age, he read his first book on financial markets, Bond Salesmanship. He had been begging Santa to bring him this particular book for Christmas [Schroeder, 2008, p. 130]. In 2000, he reflected that he had always regretted that he had not turned his attention to investing earlier. ...