MUST WATCH: In 2009, Bill and Warren took questions from the audience, and giving some insights on Investing, Risk of Failure, the Rise of Automation and on their optimism in America’s Future of Innovation.
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Warren Buffett & Bill Gates: Keeping America Great
November 12, 2009. Columbia University, New York City.
In a community forum event, Buffett and Gates responded to student body questions on a variety of topics, including the economy, investing during an economic downturn and the fruitful careers and industries of the future.
Buffett and Gates also gave career advice and discussed the mentors and habits that played a role in their success. The event was filmed by CNBC for global broadcast and Becky Quick moderated.
More than 700 people from the Columbia Business School community had the rare opportunity to connect with two icons of American business.
13:56 What industry is going to produce the next Bill Gates?
17:40 Will there ever be a company as transformative as Microsoft?
18:28 - Why on earth did Warren bet the farm on a railroad?
20:29 - What keeps you up at night?
28:10 - What did your MBA NOT prepare you for?
30:35 - How big a role did luck play in your success?
31:48 - What do you two most admire about each other?
36:31 - How can we find good investments?
42:07 - What is the most important character for a business leader to have?
45:30 - How are you two different from everyone else? What's the secret to your success?
49:35 - Who were your most important mentors and what did you learn from them?
50:43 - Bill, what do you think of Steve Jobs?
52:50 - Warren, you've said you sometimes make huge decisions in five minutes. How?
54:09 - If America was a stock, would they buy it?