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Warren Buffett turns 88: How rich you’d be if you’d bet $1,000 on him



Warren Buffett playing bridgeEric

  • Warren Buffett’s birthday is on August 30, and the
    legendary investor turns 88 this year.
  • Over the last half-century, Buffett has turned
    Berkshire Hathaway from a failing textile company into a
    massive conglomerate.
  • A $1,000 investment in Berkshire in 1964, when Buffett
    first bought the company, would be worth nearly $17 million

Warren Buffett turns 88 on Thursday, and over the past
half-century, he has turned a failing textile company into a
legendary conglomerate.

Using historical price data for Berkshire Hathaway class A shares
from a
retrospective analysis
of Buffett’s outsize returns and
, we calculated how much $1,000 of Berkshire stock
would be worth today if you had invested that money at the end of
each year of Buffett’s tenure.

That $1,000 invested in 1964, when Buffett took over the company
and shares were just $19, would be worth nearly $17 million
today, based on the $317,505 price on Thursday morning — and
$1,000 invested in 1990 would be worth $47,566 today.

If you were to annually invest $1,000 in Berkshire every year
since 1964, your total investment would be worth a little over
$131 million today.

Here’s a chart showing the current value of Berkshire Hathaway
stock bought at different times in the past 53 years:

linear buffett bet chart 2018Business Insider/Andy Kiersz

Investments from the first couple of decades of Buffett’s
stewardship would have grown that $1,000 to several million
dollars. After about 1980 or so, those gains were much more
modest, though still impressive.

To get a better handle of the values of the past 30 or so years,
which are hard to see in the above chart because of the enormous
returns in earlier years, here’s the same chart using a logarithmic
, in which the vertical axis is incremented in powers of
10, making it easier to see the range of price returns we’re
looking at:

log buffett bet chart 2018Business Insider/Andy Kiersz

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