Warren Buffet Proposed An Enormous $ 3 Billion Investment In Uber
Earlier this year, Warren Buffet proposed an investment worth $ 3 billion in the cab hailing company Uber Technologies Inc., The deal between Buffet’s Berkshire Hathway Inc., and Uber Technologies Inc., was in talks for a long time! However, the talks fell apart due to disagreements over the terms and size of the deal. The Chief Executive Officer of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, proposed decreasing the size of the deal from $ 3 billion to $ 2 billion, giving Buffett a smaller share of the company.
Khosrowshahi confirmed in an interview, Uber had discussions with Buffett, but he didn’t think the reporting was entirely accurate. Ever since Khosrowshahi replaced Travis Kalanick as the CEO of Uber, he is keen on improving the image of Uber! After various allegations were leveled and held against Uber including the #deleteUber campaign, the company is trying to revamp its business.
Buffet’s Berkshire Hathway Inc., possess $ 108.6 billion in cash and equivalents as of the end of March it is thinking to invest in various businesses. Majority of the $ 14.8 billion it invested in equities during the first quarter went to Apple Inc.,
Currently, Buffet happens to be one of the top shareholders of the technology giant Apple Inc., The billionaire also expressed his regret about not investing in Google and Amazon, way before they became technology giants! However, In Buffet’s opinion, he may further consider investing in strong brands with loyal customers than technology based firms. Berkshire Hathway owns more than 90 operating units including, the BNSF railroad, Geico auto insurance, Dairy Queen ice cream, Fruit Of The Loom underwear, See’s Candies and a variety of industrial, utility and chemical operations.
In an interview, Warren Buffet said,
I’m a great admirer of [Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi,] some of the reported details are not correct but it’s true that Berkshire had discussions with Uber.
Nevertheless, the deal would have brought Uber a great business for future endeavours!
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