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巴菲特(Warren Buffett)为什么乐居"有损市容"的房子?

依山流影 2011年06月21日04:18:55 于《万维读者网》

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房子是门面,富翁多豪宅。甲骨文公司CEO艾利森会说,他的房子能"流芳百世";计算机巨头迈克·戴尔宣称自己生活很朴素,但他还是在美国得克萨斯州的奥斯汀建造了一幢被当地人称为"城堡"的豪宅;微软公司创始人、世界首富比尔.盖茨的新居的高科技含量与他的财富一样,在世界首屈一指;放眼美国南部某市的一片豪宅群,给人一种深不可测的感觉。但是也有另类。举世皆知的股神、身价数百亿美元的巴菲特,他的住处却是寒酸得令你心生疑窦:这真的是鼎鼎大名的巴菲特的房子吗?

巴菲特的房子,位于内布拉斯加州奥哈马欢乐谷,虽然有五个卧室,面积不算太小,但是它的整体模样却穷酸得令人不敢恭维。走近巴菲特的房子,无论迎面而来平房,还是紧接其后的正房,抑或配套的车库、侧房,低矮得都会让人产生压抑的感觉;房子的外表,包括为了节省造价而坡了两次的房顶,直面客人毫无气派的山墙以及又矮又小的烟囱,尤其那用灰泥粉刷的墙面,更会让人想起田间地头常会看到的农家老屋,没有丁点儿现代生活的气息;更重要的是,此屋购于1958年,巴菲特在这住了50多年,从未做过大的装修,饱经风吹雨蚀,已经老态龙钟,而车库及大门入口处,堆放的巴菲特用折扣价买来的许多箱可口可乐,更增加了房子的不雅。故而地方父母官,一点面子不给,将其列为"有损市容"的地方。

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有人说,巴菲特所以如此表现,是为了装个样子给别人看的。这个论点很难苟同:巴菲特已经混到了今天这样万人仰羡的地步,还需要在自己住房这点小事上装模作样给自己添分吗?显然不是。人们倒是听到不少关于巴菲特日常生活的小故事:家人给他买件新衣服他却拿去退掉,他认为自己的旧衣还能继续穿 ;他到香港出差,用宾馆赠的优惠券去买打折的面包……巴菲特之所以乐居有损市容的旧屋,与他向来行事低调,生活非常简朴的做派是完全一致的;而且,老房子住久了,住的习惯了,住出感情了,就像西稚图那位最牛钉子户老太太一般,开发商给她再多的钱,她也不愿搬离比巴菲特的房子更破旧不堪的百年小屋一般。作为阅历深厚、座拥金山的巴菲特,他也绝不会把别人的怎样评论放在心上,他有自己的人生哲学,练就自身的处事原则,面对众论纷纭的欢乐谷旧屋,他从未公开表明自己的观点,但是,住进不挨不靠、清静无扰的老屋,悠然自得地喝着折价买来的可口可乐,巴菲特的得意心情,是否与中国的诗圣李白一般――"问余何意栖碧山,笑而不答心自闲,桃花流水窅然去,别有天地非人间"?早在一千多年前,李白就给巴菲特写好答案了。

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附:同一主题的一篇英文文章:

The amazing home of Warren Buffett whose net worth is over $36 billion

by newsbird July 20, 2009

Mr. Buffett  is the 3rd richest man at this time, his net worth is $47 billion. So far he has donated 1,855,000 of the 10 million shares he has pledged to the Bill and Melinda Foundation, the value of those shares today would be $6.5 billion so adding that back to his net worth would make him almost the richest man today with $53.5  billion, while #1 Carlos Slim Helu, Mexico is worth $54.5 billion.

I am stunned by Warren Buffett’s home. Is big better? “No” seems to be what Mr. Buffett thinks. For him a home is a house. He does not need a castle, palace or a mansion.

But then again this is just more proof that the man understands investments and has more common sense than most. His family is frugal but generous: he has made the largest donation to charity in modern history, 10 million B shares over several years.

After looking at the world’s most expensive residence and the world’s largest residence, this home was a welcome surprise. The world’s most expensive home was built by Mukesh Ambani, and largest residence of any kind belongs to the Sultan of Brunei whose palace is more than 4 times bigger than the Windsor Castle.

He paid $31,500.00 for his home in 1958. Back then that was a rather expensive home and Mr. Buffett was 29 – but he had been in business since he was 13 years old. The building booms and the housing bubbles were in their early developmental stages as ever larger homes were built for the American Dream (which 50 years later turned into this financial nightmare – but that just proves again that we can’t do anything without unintended consequences).

The home is 6,000 sqft, and has 5 bedrooms. It does not even compare well with the McMansions built for the buyers with subprime 100% loan financing during the last decade. The American Dream now is being able to sell them somehow, even if it is at a wholesale level.

I am really amazed to see a rich man who is not into conspicuous consumption. The home is not even on a gated property, but an intruder was thwarted by security. The driveway looks like it is original: no gobble stones laid by hand in the courtyard here, no fantastic view windows, and looks like there is a plain composite shingle roof too, nothing has been added to the home to make it look like a multi-billionare lives there.

Buffett opposes the transfer of great fortunes from one generation to the next (I am sure Obama agrees with that as long as his children are excluded). Buffett once commented, “I want to give my kids just enough so that they would feel that they could do anything, but not so much that they would feel like doing nothing”. His children will inherit only a fraction of his fortune. In 2006, he announced a plan to give away his fortune to charity, with 83% of it going to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In June 2006, Buffett pledged approximately 10 million Berkshire Hathaway Class B shares to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation(worth approximately USD 30.7 billion as of 23 June 2006) making it the largest charitable donation in history and Buffett one of the leaders in the philanthrocapitalism revolution.

WOW — A really great man with all the right stuff. They don’t make them like that anymore.

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