Warren Buffett Hails Tim Cook, Charlie Munger Calls Big Tech ‘Credit to Civilization’ at Berkshire Meeting

CNBC anchor Becky Quick moderated the session, fielding questions submitted from shareholders. Berkshire's annual shareholder's gathering is traditionally held as a festive affair (dubbed "Woodstock for capitalists") in Omaha, Neb., Berkshire's home base. But pandemic conditions forced this year's meeting to be held in virtual form, with Buffett, Munger and other Berkshire bigwigs at a dias addressing shareholders on a live stream originating from Los Angeles.
"They're huge and that's good for us."  "They’re a credit to the market, and a credit to our civilization," Munger said.
Buffett added, "The Googles and the Apples — they are incredible companies in terms of what they earn on capital. They gush out more money."
At present Berkshire owns about 5.3% Apple, after investing about $36 billion. Berkshire Hathaway has traditionally stayed away from high-flying tech firms; most of its profits come from railroads, insurance, utilities and energy businesses. But in 2016 Buffett began buying Apple shares.
"The product is an incredible product," he said. Buffett called Cook "one of the best managers in the world." He gushed about the role that Apple iPhones and other devices play in the lives of consumers.
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When asked to comment on Berkshire's investment in Apple, Buffett enthused about Cook's handling of the company that has reached unthinkable valuations.
He noted that Munger gave him a hard time about that as a bad call, as was the move to dump some shares in Costco. Buffett admitted he sold some of Berkshire's Apple holdings amid the turbulence of last year.
Warren Buffett gushed over the management and leadership skills of Apple CEO Tim Cook on Saturday as the renowned investor presided over Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholders meeting.
"Charlie in his usual low-key way let me know he thought it was a mistake too," Buffett said.
Buffett compared Cook to legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, noting that while Jobs was a tech and business visionary, Cook has had a huge impact on the company's climb to a $2 trillion-plus market valuation.
Berkshire vice chairman Charlie Munger, who has been Buffett's business partner for more than 60 years, expressed concern that the anti-trust regulatory push afoot in the U.S. Neither Buffett or Munger expressed concern that the giants of Silicon Valley have gotten too big, as regulators have asked of late. and Europe could retard the natural growth of the tech behemoths.
"He couldn't do what Steve Jobs could do in terms of creation, but Steve Jobs couldn't do what Tim Cook has done in many respects."  "He's handled that business so well," Buffett said of Cook, who took the reins of Apple after Jobs' death in 2011.

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