Alice Schroeder is the author of "The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life." Before becoming a full-time writer, she was a top-ranked insurance analyst on Wall Street.
Schroeder began her career as a certified public accountant, then became a property-and-casualty insurance analyst, as a managing director at Oppenheimer & Company, then PaineWebber and, most recently, Morgan Stanley. In 1999, she introduced Wall Street clients to Warren Buffett as part of her coverage of Berkshire Hathaway's acquisition of the underwriting company General Re. For many years before her biography of Buffett was published in 2008, she interviewed Buffett annually at Berkshire shareholder meetings. She has master's in finance from the University of Texas, and lives in Greenwich, Conn.