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Via Ozy, a short list of some folks considered to be global Buffetts:

1. Guo Guangchang

The 54-year-old businessman who’s often compared to Buffet is a bellwether in more ways than one. One of China’s richest men and biggest investors, he was briefly detained in 2015 amid fluctuations in financial markets. Six years later, Guo’s experience is increasingly reflective of President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on private sector tycoons, most famously Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Yet Guo, the founder of Fosun International, survived that 2015 incident and has expanded his portfolio to include even a British soccer club. As tensions rise between China and Taiwan, he’s now pitching a dose of vaccine diplomacy as the cure, offering to share COVID-19 shots with the self-governing region.

2. Jorge Paulo Lemann

He doesn’t eat burgers but there’s no questioning his appetite for food and beverage companies. The Brazilian billionaire investor holds the reins to Burger King and AB InBev, which owns Budweiser and Stella Artois beers. He worked with Buffet to set up Kraft Heinz, though he stepped away from the company’s board in March. And at 81, his hunger for work remains undiminished — he’s shocked that people in Switzerland, his adopted home, retire at 60. It’s that competitive drive that took the former tennis pro all the way to Wimbledon in the 1960s. Six decades later, he’s still serving aces.

3. Strive Masiyiwa

He has helped Africa secure 400 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. He crisscrosses the continent to excite African youth about the possibilities before them … if they just stay and use their brilliance at home instead of migrating to the West. And he isn’t shy about taking on authoritarian governments. But Zimbabwe’s richest man has built his reputation on the foundations of savvy investment that helped him build telecom giant Econet and emerge as Netflix’s best hope to break through in Africa. Next he’s betting on turning Africa into a global hub for data centers. His bets usually turn out right.

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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 and geopolitical pressures in the global agricultural sector at