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Gillian Tan

That Big Berkshire Hathaway Railroad Deal

Warren Buffett's all-in bet on America has paid off handsomely for the conglomerate.

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to Make America Great Again. But one investor, Warren Buffett, has invested billions under the assumption that it already is. 

It's been seven years since Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. announced its biggest deal to date -- the $35 billion-plus purchase of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. The Oracle of Omaha had the foresight to place his "all-in wager on the economic future of the United States" just as the nation emerged from a recession, and has reaped the benefits. After analyzing the transaction, Gadfly gives it a slam dunk.