Warren Buffett has made his reputation as the World's Greatest Investor by taking the longer view—buying quality stocks with good earnings power and hanging on through bull and bear markets. During the past few decades, he has parlayed some well-chosen core holdings into an unparalleled record, not to mention an enormous personal fortune.
The stock of Buffett's company, Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA), topped the broader market in 2007 and 2006 after underperforming for a few years. Longtime Berkshire holders are sitting on impressive gains. Berkshire's book value per share has grown at a compounded annual rate of more than 20% over the past 40 calendar years. If you had invested $10,000 in Berkshire in January, 1968 (the shares closed at $20.50 on the last trading day of that month), your holding would be worth more than $50 million today.