In-depth Notes from the 2013 Markel Breakfast in Omaha via Ben Claremon of Cove Street Capital:


Tom Gayner (TG):

  • This is the 23rd year they have come out to Omaha
  • Steve Markel was the architect of a firm that tried to make money from underwriting and make excellent investments as well

o When Tom was talking to Steve about the idea, Tom realized there was a company that had done pretty well with that exact model—Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B)

o They knew that the people who were most likely to understand what they were trying to do were people who already owned Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B)’s shares

  • Decided to come to Omaha to try to meet like-minded investors

o The first time they came here there were 6 people at the meeting

  • The stock price and the number of people at the meeting seem to be correlated
  • When there were 6 people at the meeting, the stock was $7-$8
  • Now that there are 400-500 people here, the stock is over $500


2013 Markel Breakfast Notes