Buffett's Success Can't Be Duplicated

Warren Buffett is widely regarded as the greatest investor of all time. His folksy charm, humor and simple explanations have great appeal to individual investors navigating the market waters. No one has served as a better model for investors than Buffett has.

But the great irony of Warren Buffett is that people have a tendency to believe that they can easily replicate what he has done, even though what he does is rare and extremely difficult. If others could repeat his success, the Forbes 400 would be populated by passive investors, but most of the great fortunes there are the product of founding companies like Wal-Mart (WMT), Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) and Buffet's own Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B)....411 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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