Buffett Biography Reveals Flaws, Recounts Triumphs

(Jason Reed/Reuters)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ A new book about Warren Buffett says his wife, Susan, discovered when they were newlyweds that her husband was "riddled with self doubt."

The book's author, former insurance analyst Alice Schroeder, writes that Buffett relied on his wife to help cut his hair, stock the pantry and help him deal with other people.

The tale of how the brilliant but needy Buffett built a fortune and became chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway is recounted in the first authorized biography.

Susan Buffett left Warren Buffett in the late 1970s and moved to San Francisco. But the couple never divorced before her death in 2004.

Buffett married his longtime companion, Astrid Menks, in a private ceremony on his 76th birthday in 2006.

(By AP Business Writer Josh Funk)
On the Net:
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.: www.berkshirehathaway.com
Official site for "The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life": http://www.randomhouse.com/bantamdell/snowball

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