Warren E. Buffett
Under Buffett’s leadership, Berkshire Hathaway’s stock price increased from $12 dollars a share in 1965 to a high of $4,200 in 1987. Berkshire has made a career of picking winners including Geico, the Washington Post, and Capital Cities/ABC. Buffett purchased $45 million of Geico’s stock over a five-year period beginning in 1976. By the late 1980s, Berkshire’s stake in Geico was worth $800 million. The shares of the Washington Post Buffett purchased for $11.6 million were worth about $250 million by the late 1980s. Buffett is recognized as one of the savviest investors in the United States.