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  • Company
    Berkshire Hathaway
  • Title
    Chairman and CEO

Buffett’s year started out with a ball. Or a bet on a ballgame, if you will. He announced that he would back Quicken Loans’ $1 billion payout for anyone that filled out a perfect NCAA tournament basketball bracket. The odds were 9.2 quintillion-to-one that someone would actually succeed. No one did. But Berkshire Hathaway and Quicken Loans got plenty of publicity. Otherwise, it was business as usual for the Oracle. He helped fund Burger King’s purchase of Canadian doughnut chain Tim Hortons while Berkshire Class A shares surpassed $200,000 for the first time. —R.D.