Mary Buffett Profile

Bestselling author, entrepreneur, political and environmental activist and keynote business speaker at events across the globe, Mary Buffett is a passionate advocate of the potential for financial investment to empower.

Mary Buffett began her career in the music industry, working for Columbia Records in their publishing division, later moving to a position as Professional Manager at Playboy Music/After Dark where she worked for Hugh Hefner. She then established her own music postproduction company, Independent Sound, which produced music for commercials and feature film successes such as Dances with Wolves. After a spell as Managing Director of Narada Records she co-founded, in 1992, Superior Assembly Editing Co, Inc, an editing house which was a runaway success, working with figures of the status of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Eminem and many more. Her company also provided editing services for films such as The Game, Fight Club and Panic Room.

Turning her experience and talents to publishing, Mary’s first book, Buffettology, made the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Business Week and USA Today. In the subsequent seventeen years, alongside her co-author David Clark, she has published eight books, all of which have been bestsellers and have been translated into more than seventeen different languages worldwide.

Mary Buffett is in high demand by media outlets as a financial expert. She has made a number of appearances on CNN Business News, CNN National News and CNN International News as well as guest appearances on Power Lunch with Bill Griffith, Bloomberg News, Fox Business News and many other shows on both television and radio. She has recently agreed to contribute articles to The Huffington Post.

Her record as a financial writer, analyst and consultant has led to Mary being invited to make keynote speeches at numerous prestigious global events, speaking alongside figures such as Laura Bush, Colin Powell, Rudy Giuliani and others around the USA as part of the Get Motivated seminar series.

A teacher of Business and Finance at several California State Universities, including UCLA, Mary Buffet is a passionate activist as well as an analyst. She is featured in the forthcoming documentary Femme, which profiles women across the globe who make a difference to their society. She is also a member of the Corporate Board of the Environmental Media Association, which promotes the inclusion of social messaging in the media, and she is an adviser to Greenstar, which runs a program installing solar powered community centers in remote locations across the developing world.

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    Bestselling Author and Speaker on Investment Strategies

    Bestselling Author and Speaker on Investment Strategies

    Mary Buffett is a best-selling author, international speaker, entrepreneur, political and environmental activist. She advocates self-empowerment through financial investment for women.

    Ms. Buffett’s first book Buffettology was an immediate New York Times, Business Week and USA Today best-seller. With David Clark she has co-authored 8 books over the last 17 years. The Buffettology Workbook in 2001 was followed by The New Buffettology in 2002. In 2006, she published The Tao of Warren Buffett which made the Business Week and The Wall Street Journal best-seller lists. Her subsequent 2008 book, Warren Buffett and The Interpretation of Financial Statements was another New York Times and Amazon best-seller. Additionally, it made Barron’s pick of the 6 best books of the year. Warren Buffett’s Management Secrets was published in 2009 becoming a best-seller for Amazon and Business Week. Warren Buffett and the Art of Stock Arbitrage in 2010 also made the best-seller lists for Business Week and The Wall Street Journal. Their eighth book is Warren Buffett’s Stock Portfolio.

    Scribner, a division of Simon and Schuster, Inc. publishes all of their books, which have been translated worldwide into over 17 languages including Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

    Ms. Buffett regularly speaks on television and radio as a finance expert. She has appeared several times on CNN Business News, CNN National News and CNN International News segments. She has been a guest on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Power Lunch with Bill Griffith, Bloomberg News, Fox Business News, MSNBC’s Headliners and Legends, KTLA News as well as frequent appearances on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) News . In addition, she is regularly featured on numerous syndicated financial radio shows and local financial television networks. She recently toured China with many media appearances, most notably on CCTV.

    Ms. Buffett has agreed to become a contributing writer for The Huffington Post where she was recently featured in an article by Lori Sokol.

    Ms. Buffett was the keynote speaker at two International conferences: The Asian Value Investing Forum in Singapore and the Omantel Forum in Oman.

    In Singapore, Mary’s Host organization was Value Investing Academy along with sponsors Phillip Capital, DWS Investments, and Deutsche Bank. Her lectures include stock picking strategies and the time tested method of value investing. The conference was part of the 2012 Phillip Investment Festival.

    At the Omantel Forum, part of the Omantel Business Alliance, she addressed top-level finance professionals from Oman’s corporate sector, speaking about “Global Trends and Financial Investment Strategy”. Omantel is one of the largest telecommunication companies in the region.

    That same month, she was also interviewed for The Wall Street Journal for a story on Mutual Funds which was published on November 5th. Previously, Ms. Buffett was a keynote speaker on behalf of The Wall Street Journal at the New York Xpo for Business at the Javits Center in New York City in 2009.

    Ms. Buffett was the keynote speaker at the 40th Anniversary General Assembly of the Pan American Surety Association in Antigua, Guatemala. Expanding on the foundation of value investing in her eight bestselling books, Ms. Buffett discussed critical economic issues including, The European Debt Crisis, US—Latin American Trade, Global Capital Market Interdependency.

    Ms. Buffett has made several appearances throughout the U.S. as a featured Guest Speaker around the country discussing finance doing appearances with Bill Cosby, former First Lady Laura Bush, former Secretary of State General Colin Powell, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and other prominent figures filling arenas around the country as part of the Get Motivated seminar series.

    In the past year, to coincide with the release of her latest book, The Warren Buffett Stock Portfolio, Ms. Buffett was the subject of major stories in The Financial Times, Investor’s Chronicle, The Huffington Post and other national and international publications. She recently appeared on CBS This Morning, Bloomberg Television News’ In The Loop with Betty Liu. She also discussed President Obama’s State of the Union speech on KTLA News in Los Angeles.

    Ms. Buffett taught Business and Finance at several California State Universities, including UCLA. She currently serves on the Corporate Board of the Environmental Media Association, which puts social messaging into film, television and other media and products. She is also an advisor to Greenstar, which installs solar-powered community centers in remote villages in the developing world. She sits on the Board of The America China Bridge, bringing business, and art exchanges between the world’s largest economies.

    Ms. Buffett has also worked as a freelance consultant to a number of Fortune 500 companies. She consulted for AOL Time Warner’s Rhino Records division on their business plan and corporate structure. Her key recommendations included repositioning of existing intellectual property and expansion through acquisitions. As a headhunter and consultant to the billion-dollar advertising agency GSD&M Austin, Texas, Ms. Buffett identified and recruited top talent for the agency.

    Prior to her work in the financial and consulting fields, Ms. Buffett worked for Columbia Records in the music publishing division before becoming Professional Manager at Playboy Music/After Dark working for Hugh Hefner. In 1981, Ms. Buffett co-founded her own music post-production company, Independent Sound, providing music for commercials and contributing to the 1990 Academy Award® Best Picture winner Dances with Wolves.

    Mary was Managing Director of Narada Records, a MCA-affiliated label. In 1992, Ms. Buffett co-founded Superior Assembly Editing Co., Inc., a highly successful editorial house. She worked with over 100 of the music industry’s biggest stars including Madonna, Michael Jackson, Don Henley, Paula Abdul, Eminem, and many more. The company won numerous MTV Awards as well as an Emmy. At the same time, Ms. Buffett’s company worked with acclaimed film director David Fincher editing The Game, Fight Club and Panic Room and worked extensively with such notable film directors as Michael Bay (Transformers), Dominic Senna (Swordfish), and Zack Snyder (300).

    Her continued advocacy of women’s issues is shown by her featured role in the upcoming documentary Femme, focusing on successful international women making a difference in society.

    She is the proud mother of three successful children and lives in California.

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Mary Buffett brings the vast experience she has gained in many business spheres to enormously valuable explorations of the financial techniques of the world’s most successful investor, Warren Buffett. Basing her talk on her eight bestselling books, she outlines investment strategies for experienced investors and those just starting out, explaining the perspectives and techniques which have allowed Warren Buffett to amass his fortune.

Speaking Topics Include:

    • Exploring Buffettology with Mary Buffett
    • Investment Strategies for Newcomers and Seasoned "Buffettologists" Alike
    • How to Read and Interpret Financial Statements from Warren Buffett's Successful Perspective

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Books by Mary Buffett:

Buffettology: The Previously Unexplained Techniques That Have Made Warren Buffett The World’s Most Famous Investor


In the world of investing, the name Warren Buffett is synonymous with success and prosperity. Building from the ground up, Buffett chose wisely and picked his stocks with care, in turn amassing the huge fortune for which he is now famous. Mary Buffett, former daughter-in-law of this legendary financial genius and a successful businesswoman in her own right, has teamed up with noted Buffettologist David Clark to create Buffettology, a one-of-a-kind investment guide that explains the winning strategies of the master.

    • Learn how to approach investing the way Buffett does, based on the author’s firsthand knowledge of the secrets that have made Buffett the world’s second wealthiest man
    • Use Buffett’s proven method of investing in stocks that will continue to grow over time
    • Master the straightforward mathematical equipments that assist Buffett in making investments
    • Examine the kinds of companies that capture Buffett’s interest, and learn how you can use this information to make your own investment choices of the future

Complete with profiles of fifty-four “Buffett companies”—companies in which Buffett has invested and which the authors believe he continues to follow—Buffettology can show any investor, from beginner to savvy pro, how to create a profitable portfolio.

Warren Buffett’s Management Secrets: Proven Tools for Personal and Business Success
Even in today’s economic climate, when so many investors and major companies are failing, Warren Buffett continues to be successful in all aspects of his life. Mary Buffett and David Clark have written the first book ever to take an in-depth look at Warren Buffett’s philosophies for personal and professional management—what they are, how they work, and how you can use them.

Through close examination of Warren Buffett’s life and career from his earliest days to now, Buffett and Clark shed light on his decision-making processes and reveal his strategies for keeping on track and maintaining focus. They examine Buffett’s inimitable leadership qualities and explain how Warren integrated what he learned over time into a winning management formula and became not only the manager whom other managers want to emulate but also the second richest man in the world.

A true companion volume to Buffett and Clark’s successful Buffettology series, Warren Buffett’s Management Secrets is filled with anecdotes and quotes that show how Buffett’s life philosophies are reflected in his business decisions and in the way he manages people and businesses. This insider’s view into Warren Buffett’s management techniques offers simple solutions for success to newcomers and seasoned Buffettologists alike and illustrates how and why success in business and life usually go hand in hand.

The Tao of Warren Buffett: Warren Buffett’s Words of Wisdom: Quotations and Interpretations to Help Guide You to Billionaire Wealth and Enlightened Business Management
A collection of pithy and inspiring sayings from America’s favorite businessman that reveal his secrets of success

Like the sayings of the ancient Chinese philospher Lao-tzu, Warren Buffett’s worldly wisdom is deceptively simple and enormously powerful in application. In The Tao of Warren Buffett, Mary Buffett—author of three books on Warren Buffett’s investment methods—joins noted Buffettologist and international lecturer David Clark to bring you Warren Buffett’s smartest, funniest, and most memorable sayings with an eye toward revealing the life philosophy and the investment strategies that have made Warren Buffett, and the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, so enormously wealthy.

Warren Buffett’s investment achievements are unparalleled. He owes his success to hard work, integrity, and that most elusive commodity of all, common sense. The quotations in this book exemplify Warren’s practical strategies and provide useful illustrations for every investor—large or small—and models everyone can follow. The quotes are culled from a variety of sources, including personal conversations, corporate reports, profiles, and interviews. The authors provide short explanations for each quote and use examples from Buffett’s own business transactions whenever possible to illustrate his words at work.

As Warren says:

“You should invest in a business that even a fool can run, because someday a fool will.”

“With enough inside information and a million dollars, you can go broke in a year.”

“No matter how great the talent or effort, some things just take time: You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”

“Our method is very simple. We just try to buy businesses with good-to-superb underlying economics run by honest and able people and buy them at sensible prices. That’s all I’m trying to do.”

The Tao of Warren Buffett inspires, amuses, sharpens the mind, and offers priceless investment savvy that anyone can take to the bank. This irresistibly browsable and entertaining book is destined to become a classic.

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