News Warren Buffett spent most of 2013 amassing fortunes of over £23million a day through investments into food manufacturing giants like Heinz, which he bought earlier this year

Warren Buffett spent most of 2013 amassing fortunes of over £23million a day through investments into food manufacturing giants like Heinz

Buffett, Ballmer: US economy to avoid double dip

Business titans line up to challenge gloomy reports on America's prospects

David Prosser: Connaught's catalogue of woe began at home

Outlook The problems of Connaught have prompted warnings that many more companies may be pushed over the edge by public-sector spending cuts. But while the private sector inevitably will take a hit as the Government pares spending, to blame the demise of Connaught on austerity measures would be to let the company off the hook far too easily.

Warren Buffett's 'business gene' built an empire that changed history

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Warren Buffett plots bid for RBS's Direct Line division

Warren Buffett, "the Sage of Omaha" who turns 80 today, is one of the bidders seeking to buy Royal Bank of Scotland's Direct Line insurance business at a knock-down price. The European Union is forcing RBS, the state-controlled bank, to sell the division as punishment for taking public money during the financial crisis.

Dominic Lawson: The sin of the rich is to seem happy

How scandalous even to imagine that there is merit in sending money to good causes without the intermediation of any state bureaucrats or committees

Leading article: Just giving

The United States has proportionately more billionaires than Britain, in part because the income gap there is even wider than it is here. But that is no excuse for not embracing the idea of "The Giving Pledge", pioneered by champion investor Warren Buffett and the Microsoft founder, Bill Gates. It was launched barely two months ago, and there are already almost 40 American billionaires signed up to dispensing at least half of their fortunes, either during their lifetimes or after death. In this age of austerity, there seems to have been something in the Buffett-Gates challenge that appealed to the country's super-rich.

Buffett signs up 40 richest families to giving pledge

Sandy Weill, the man who created Citigroup, Larry Ellison, founder of the software giant Oracle, and Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, are among the billionaires making a public pledge to give away more than half their fortunes.

US super-rich agree to give 50 per cent of their cash to charity

More than 30 US billionaires pledged yesterday to give away at least 50 per cent of their wealth to charity as part of a campaign by Warren Buffett, the investor, and Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft.

Billionaires to give away half their fortune

More than 30 US billionaires pledged today to give away at least 50 per cent of their wealth to charity as part of a campaign by investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Stephen Foley: Berkshire Hathaway's sensational new guru

US Outlook: So it is "foregone conclusion" that Li Lu, Tiananmen Square student protest leader-turned-millionaire hedge fund manager, will be one of Warren Buffett's successors at Berkshire Hathaway, according to the Oracle of Omaha's right-hand man, Charlie Munger. Mr Li's good-but-not-great investment performance to date is supplemented with an appropriately sensational life story, plus obvious intellectual prowess.

The Sage's Son: What became of the Buffett billions?

When the super-investor, Warren Buffett, gave a chunk of his fortune to his son, Howard, there was one proviso: it had to be spent on charitable projects. Paola Totaro goes on the road with the billionaire philanthropist

David Prosser: Europe's stress tests may simply undermine confidence in the banks

Outlook The best-known witticism of Warren Buffett is his observation that it is only when the tide goes out that one finds out who has been swimming with no trunks on. The stress tests that the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (Cebs) has been putting 91 European banks through, the results of which will be announced this afternoon, are an attempt to pre-empt such nasty surprises.

Row over profit at heart of fight for property developer Minerva

South African shareholder demands company disclose 'important financial information'

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