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‘The Chinese Warren Buffett’ Owns $245M Stake in Berkshire Hathaway

Via Business Insider, an article on how an investor hailed as ‘The Chinese Warren Buffett’ just revealed a $245 million stake in Berkshire Hathaway — and now counts Buffett’s company among his biggest bets:

A longtime associate of Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger revealed a $245 million stake in Berkshire Hathaway this week. The purchase signals he has confidence in the investing duo, and sees value in their company’s shares.

Li Lu’s Himalaya Capital Management bought nearly 900,000 of Berkshire’s “B” shares last quarter, Securities and Exchange Commission filings show. Himalaya counted Berkshire as its third-most valuable holding out of seven on September 30, and the stock made up 11% of its $2.1 billion portfolio.

Li has a long history with Berkshire’s bosses. He decided to become a professional investor after listening to Buffett lecture at Columbia University in 1993. Munger, the conglomerate’s vice-chairman, dubbed him ”the Chinese Warren Buffett” in 2019, and noted Li was the only outsider he’s ever trusted to invest his money.

Moreover, Munger declared in 2010 that he fully expected Li to eventually take a leading position at Berkshire. Li also introduced Munger to BYD, the Chinese electric-vehicle company that has been one of Berkshire’s best investments in the past decade.

Notably, Himalaya sold 15% of its BYD shares for about $320 million in July. Li may have decided to take some profits and reinvest the bulk of them in Berkshire, given the size of his new stake.

Berkshire is a natural fit for Himalaya. Li’s fund counted Apple and Bank of America — the two biggest positions in Buffett’s roughly $300 billion stock portfolio — among its handful of holdings at the end of September.

Even so, this is the first time that Himalaya has listed Berkshire in its portfolio since it began filing quarterly updates with the SEC in early 2017. It’s unclear why Li decided to buy the stock after all this time, especially as it’s climbed 25% this year and trades close to a record high.

Himalaya didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

Buffett will likely welcome Li’s vote of confidence. The Berkshire chief was fiercely criticized for not deploying a chunk of his company’s vast cash reserves on cut-price stocks when the pandemic tanked the stock market in 2020.

Berkshire — which sold a net $2 billion of equities last quarter as it cut its pharma and financial bets — has resorted to accelerating share buybacks during the deal drought. In fact, the company is on track to repurchase a record $25 billion of its stock this year.

Li may be betting on Berkshire to continue spending its cash wisely, and wagering that Buffett will be ready to pounce during the next market downturn.



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Global Buffetts is dedicated to compiling a compendium of elite international money managers & investors.  While the U.S. is indeed home to a number of world-class financiers, the rapid economic development and dynamic rise of financial acumen around the world has changed the playing field in the past decades.  There are now a number of global "Buffetts" plying their trade & demonstrating their expertise in their own markets.  Often, however, there is little written about such individuals as most popular media is focused on the big names in U.S. investing.  This personal interest blog is one individual's attempt to uncover other elite money managers from around the world.

Educated at Yale University (Bachelor of Arts - History) and Harvard (Master in Public Policy - International Development), Monty Simus has lived, worked, and traveled in more than forty countries spanning Africa, China, western Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Southeast & Central Asia, and his personal interests comprise economic development, policy, investment, technology, natural resources, and the environment, with a particular focus on globalization’s impact upon these subject areas.  Monty writes about frontier investment markets at www.wildcatsandblacksheep.com and geopolitical pressures in the global agricultural sector at www.seedsofarevolution.com.