Vitaliy Katsenelson’s Contrarian Edge: How Warren Buffett’s longtime business partner enlightened the Oracle of Omaha

Once in an article I called Charlie Munger “Warren Buffett’s sidekick.” Jeff Matthews, a friend and the author of “Pilgrimage to Warren Buffett’s Omaha,” sent me an impassioned note saying, “Charlie is not a ‘sidekick’! Charlie changed Buffett’s investment philosophy. Sidekicks don’t do that.”

He went on: “At Munger’s 90th birthday party, Buffett pulled out an old, yellowed letter that Munger had written back in the day where Munger actually told Buffett explicitly that he had to change — that the cigar-butt stuff wouldn’t scale, that it was better to buy good businesses even if the price wasn’t dirt cheap.

“I thought that was astonishing, maybe the most insightful thing I’d ever heard about Munger.

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