Warren Buffett’s premature Apple selloff cost his firm $20 billion

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Warren Buffet is Apple's biggest investor.
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Warren Buffett is one of the greatest financial masterminds of our time. But he’s not infallible. Sometimes even Warren makes mistakes — and one of those recent mistakes was called Apple.

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway firm has long invested in Apple, with Buffett once saying that, “I don’t think of Apple as a stock. I think of it as our third business. It’s probably the best business I know in the world. And that is a bigger commitment than we have in any business except insurance and the railroad.”

Apple has done extremely well for Buffett. The company’s stake in Apple has tripled in value in the past three years. On Wednesday, as Apple closed at a new all-time high, it was worth $128 billion. It accounts for more than 40% of Berkshire’s US portfolio, while Berkshire is Apple’s second larger shareholder (after index fund giant Vanguard.) However, Buffett has also been pruning his Apple stake. And it’s cost him.

Warren Buffett’s firm unloads 57 million Apple shares

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Warren Buffett is one of Apple's biggest cheerleaders.
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Berkshire Hathaway — the investment firm belonging to Warren Buffett, one of Apple’s biggest cheerleaders in recent years — reduced its stake in the Cupertino tech giant last quarter.

According to a regulatory filing made this week, in Q4 2020, Berkshire Hathaway cut 6% of its Apple shares. By contrast it kept its Amazon shares steady, while growing its stake in T-Mobile by a massive 117%.

Warren Buffett’s Apple holdings are now worth more than $100 billion

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Warren Buffet is Apple's biggest investor.
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Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and big-time Apple booster, now has a share of the company worth upward of $100 billion.

Even more impressive? Buffett’s firm Berkshire Hathaway reportedly spent on around $35 billion to secure its 5.7% stake in Apple. That’s a pretty darn great return on investment — and Apple’s only climbing higher.

43% of Warren Buffett’s investment portfolio is now Apple shares

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For a man who can't use an iPhone, Warren Buffett sure loves Apple.
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A decade ago, Berkshire Hathaway founder Warren Buffett said he just didn’t get Apple. Today, Apple shares make up some 43% of Berkshire Hathaway’s entire stock portfolio, according to a report from Motley Fool.

The firm’s 245 million Apple shares have increased in value by more than $55 billion since the start of 2019 to be worth upward of $91 billion. Still, from an investor’s perspective, it makes you wonder whether you’d be better off simply investing in AAPL itself, rather than paying a fund manager!

Tim Cook personally tried (and failed) to teach Warren Buffett to use an iPhone

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A financial wizard? Yep. A future Apple Store Genius? Nope.
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Warren Buffett may be one of the shrewdest financial minds of our time, but don’t expect him to be able to use an iPhone. Despite receiving a personal lesson from Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“I went out to California, and Tim Cook very patiently spent hours trying to move me up to the level of the average two-year-old,” Buffett told Yahoo Finance editor-in-chief Andy Serwer. “And didn’t quite make it.”

Warren Buffett’s investment firm unloads more than $800 million of Apple shares

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Warren Buffett has been a long-time Apple supporter.
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Warren Buffett’s investment firm Berkshire Hathaway sold more than $800 million of Apple stock in the last quarter of 2019.

Buffett is probably Apple’s most famous investor and cheerleader. Berkshire Hathaway is the Cupertino tech giant’s biggest shareholder, with an estimated 5.4% stake in the company.

Tim Cook explains why Apple isn’t a tech company anymore

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Apple is now a consumer company.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook sounded absolutely ecstatic to count Warren Buffett as one of his company’s investors during an interview at Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders meeting this morning.

Cook made a cameo in the company’s opening video — that also introduced Apple’s new Buffett-themed game — and sat down with CNBC to talk about his relationship with Warren, Apple’s culture, privacy and more.

Apple made an iPhone game just for Warren Buffett

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Get ready to sling papers till your fingers hurt.
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Apple has finally come out with its first new video game for iPhone since the App Store debuted in 2008 and its dedicated to the iPhone-maker’s largest shareholder, Warren Buffett.

Tim Cook made a cameo appearance at Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholder this morning to reveal the new game. The game, called Warren Buffett’s Paper Wizard, sounded like a joke at first. Players cruise around tossing newspapers at houses as an homage to Buffett who had a paper route as a kid to make money. Now he’s one of the richest men in the world with his own paperboi video game to boot.