Some people have sports stars as heroes. For me, my heroes are the people who stand for more than just themselves. After my parents, I consider Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to be my greatest heroes and among the most influential people who ever lived. Combined, they will be spending more than $120 billion (that is with a “b”!) for the betterment of humanity. I can’t think of a more noble reason than to help others, especially those who have such little opportunity due to no fault of their own.
So needless to say, I was excited when the opportunity to meet one half of that duo presented itself. The BU MBA Finance Club had been invited, along with a few other schools, by Mr. Buffett to meet him in Omaha for a Q&A session and I was one of those fortunate enough to make the trip.
|Students pose for a picture with Mr. Buffett|
|View from the seats as Mr. Buffett addresses the room.|
Following the Q&A, Mr. Buffett treated us to lunch at Piccolo Pete’s, where we were given a choice of entrées along with an old-fashioned root beer float for dessert. After lunch, we took a group photo with Mr. Buffett before departing. On our way to the airport, we made a stop at Borsheims (a jewelry store owned by BH) where we met their CEO. She imparted her wisdom upon us and shared her experiences working with Mr. Buffett.
|After a very fulfilling day, students enjoy a meal at Piccolo Pete's, an Omaha tradition!|
Overall, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I would recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in meeting one of the most brilliant people of our time. Many thanks to the MBA Finance Club, the Investment Club, as well as those who I met on the trip and shared this amazing experience with.
Ashwin Swami is a physician trained in internal medicine with an interest in financial analysis.