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Buffett’s Virtual Meeting Turns Spotlight on Potential Successor

  • Key deputy Greg Abel fielded Berkshire shareholder questions
  • Abel showed a “broad knowledge” of operations, professor says
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The quirks of an annual meeting in the time of quarantine gave Berkshire Hathaway Inc. investors their most extensive look at a man who could succeed Warren Buffett.

Spaced apart from Buffett on stage, deputy Greg Abel spent more time than usual fielding shareholder questions on topics ranging from how Berkshire’s businesses are handling the pandemic to opportunities for lending deals. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Buffett still dominated the online meeting Saturday and made no indication he would step down soon, but Abel’s presence gave investors a better view of an executive who normally stays behind the scenes.