Top Books by Top Business Executives

If you are looking to be successful, look no further than several of the top people in their industries. Many of these individuals have written books about themselves and their successes.

These are all definitely worth reading:

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Fourth Edition by Warren Buffett

How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It by Mark Cuban

Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography by Richard Branson

On Success by Charles Munger

The First Billion Is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America’s Energy Future by T. Boone Pickens

Ross Perot: My Life & The Principles for Success 2nd Edition by Ross Perot

Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity by Steve Forbes

The Ten Roads to Riches: The Ways the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!) by Ken Fisher

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy by Bill Gates


7 Ways to Invest in Warren Buffett

Billionaire Warren Buffett is the second richest American and fourth richest person in the world, according to the May 11 issue of Forbes. He is the head of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A, BRK.A), the highest priced stock and one of the most successful companies during the last half-century. Buffett’s wealth is due to his expertise in investing.

So if you want to invest in Warren Buffett, or like Warren Buffett, or side-by-side with Warren Buffett, you have several options available to you.

#1 Berkshire Hathaway A Shares

Do you have a spare $256,000 in your portfolio? If so, you can pick up one share of Berkshire Hathaway.

#2 Berkshire Hathaway B Shares

If a quarter of a million dollars is out of your price range, the company also has Class B shares (BRK-B), currently trading for around $170 a share. The Class B common share is equal to one-fifteen-hundredth (1/1,500) of the Class A shares.

#3 Markel

Markel Corp. (MKL) is an insurance company that many consider to be a mini-Berkshire, especially since it has over $250,000,000 of Berkshire Hathaway Class A stock and another quarter of a billion dollars of the Class B stock.

#4 Oppenheimer Financials Sector Revenue ETF

The Oppenheimer Financials Sector Revenue ETF (RWW) has over 15% of its portfolio invested in Berkshire, its largest holding.

#5 Financial Select Sector SPDR® Fund

Berkshire is the second largest holding of the Financial Select Sector SPDR® Fund (XLF) , amounting to more then 10% of the portfolio.

#6 iShares U.S. Financials ETF

iShares U.S. Financials ETF (IYF) also has Berkshire as its second largest holding, making up almost 7% of the portfolio.

#7 Stocks that Warren Buffett Owns

One other option is to create a portfolio that emulates Berkshire Hathaway’s holdings of publicly traded stocks. (Keep in mind that this wouldn’t cover Berkshire’s holdings of non-public stocks.) In addition, it would involve purchasing many different stocks, so you would be better off just buying the Class B shares. But if you think that you can outperform Buffett using his ideas by picking and choosing his best picks, then you should check out a list of Berkshire’s major stockholdings.

For a free downloadable list of all of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway stockholdings, which can be changed, added to, and sorted by yield and forward PE, go to

Disclosure: Author didn’t own any of the above at the time the article was written.