How Charlie Munger Helped Create Berkshire Hathaway, and Warren Buffett

Munger's passing reminds us that Berkshire Hathaway is much more than the value of its stock holdings.

Charlie Munger
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Business partners for nearly 50 years and friends for longer, Charlie Munger was probably one of the few people on the planet who felt comfortable telling Warren Buffett, the greatest investor of all time with $120 billion in personal wealth to prove it, that he was wrong. 

Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), died on Nov. 28, just a month shy of his 100th birthday. Already rich by the time he joined Buffett at Berkshire in the mid-70s, Munger possessed the wealth – and had the temperament – to be the opposite of a yes man. And BRK.B shareholders are all very much richer for it.

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Dan Burrows
Senior Investing Writer,

Dan Burrows is Kiplinger's senior investing writer, having joined the august publication full time in 2016.

A long-time financial journalist, Dan is a veteran of SmartMoney, MarketWatch, CBS MoneyWatch, InvestorPlace and DailyFinance. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Senior Executive and Boston magazine, and his stories have appeared in the New York Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News and Investor's Business Daily, among other publications. As a senior writer at AOL's DailyFinance, Dan reported market news from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and hosted a weekly video segment on equities.

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