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Financial Issues Forum Presents “A Tribute to the Life and Career of Charlie Munger”

Featured Events | Jul 01, 2024 |

On June 4, as part of the “Financial Issues Forum” series, Fordham University’s Gabelli Center for Global Security Analysis, the Museum of American Finance, and the CFA Society New York hosted a panel discussion on the brilliant career and lasting legacy of the late Charlie Munger, J.D., vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and long-time business partner of Warren Buffett. After opening remarks from Gabelli School of Business Dean Lerzan Aksoy, Ph.D. and David Cowen, president and CEO, Museum of American Finance, Lawrence Cunningham, J.D., author of Berkshire Beyond Buffett and editor of The Essays of Warren Buffett, moderated an insightful and entertaining conversation with three of Munger’s friends and colleagues. Over the course of the discussion and a lively Q & A session that followed, Donald Graham, chairman emeritus, Graham Holdings Company; Tom Gayner, CEO, Markel Group; and Ronald Olson, J.D., partner, Munger, Tolles and Olson, shared anecdotes, and reflections about Munger that had an impact—personally and professionally—on each of them. They wove stories that demonstrated how Munger’s humor, principles, and methodologies informed his investing philosophy and the values that underpinned his deep commitment to ethical business practices. The panelists recalled his many “Mungerisms,” tidbits of advice that ring true in numerous business situations and beyond. It was his ability to remain curious and learn from mistakes, however, that rose to the top as being his formula for success.

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