His company Berkshire Hathaway is basically a holding company for his investments. Critics predicted an end to his success when his conservative investing style meant missing out on the dotcom bull market. At only six years old, Buffett purchased 6-packs of Coca Cola from his grandfather’s grocery store for twenty five cents and resold each of the most successful forex trader in the world for a nickel, pocketing a five cent profit. While other children his age were playing hopscotch and jacks, Warren was making money.
Five years later, Buffett took his step into the world of high finance. 38 per share for both himself and his older sister, Doris. After Harvard Business School, in the worst admission decision in history, rejected Buffett as “too young” he applied to Columbia where famed investors Ben Graham and David Dodd taught – an experience that would forever change his life. Dow Jones had fallen from 381. It was around this time that Graham came up with the principle of “intrinsic” business value – a measure of a business’s true worth that was completely and totally independent of the stock price.
Using intrinsic value, investors could decide what a company was worth and make investment decisions accordingly. In meeting JayZ, the two found that they share more in common than anyone would have expected between a 40 year old entertainer and an 80 year old sage of compounded returns. We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds. Entrepreneurial business favours the open mind. If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure. The man known in the West as Jack Ma was born Ma Yun in 1964 in Hangzhou during China’s Cultural Revolution, during which his family was persecuted because of his grandparents, who were members of the Nationalist party that opposed the Communist party.
Jack Ma has learned more from his and others’ failures than through the traditional channels of education. Ma, a man of incredible resolve, has learned to fail better and fail forward. In 2014, in what turned out to be the largest initial public offering to date, Ma and his team successfully raised in excess of USD 20 Billion for Alibaba by listing it in the NYSE stock exchange in the United States. Ma vows that helping SMEs to succeed is much like a religious calling for him. His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16. In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores.
The more you practice, the luckier you become,” says Richard Branson as he smiles a very enthusiastic grin. He was born in Blackheath, London, the son and eldest child of barrister Edward James Branson and Eve Huntley Branson. His grandfather, the Right Honourable Sir George Arthur Harwin Branson, was a judge of the High Court of Justice and a Privy Councillor. He then attended Stowe School until the age of sixteen. He has dyslexia and had poor academic performance as a student, but later discovered his ability to connect with others.