Using our software, which specifically detects emotive words and relationships, we identified the individuals who Warren Buffett referenced most positively in the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letters from 1995-2011. Our software scanned for emotional references related to liking, being pleased with performance, and affection (what we called "Super-Positive") and references of a generally positive nature (what we called "Positive").
For individuals with more than eight sentiment-associated mentions in the shareholder letters, these two were the most positively referenced:
TONY NICELY (CEO of GEICO)
DANNY GOLDMAN (Venture capitalist - formerly CFO at Iscar)
For individuals with more than four mentions but less than eight, these two stood out:
JACOB HARPAZ (CEO of Iscar)
GRADY ROSIER (CEO of McLane Company)
So while we don't know who Buffett's successor will be with 100% accuracy, we do know that the above four individuals received high praise from Warren Buffett in his shareholder letters.
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Richard. L. Peterson, M.D.