One of my favourite books of all time is a self-published, 1680 page tome (length based on my 2006 edition) written by Andrew Kilpatrick, called Of Permanent Value—The Story of Warren Buffett.
They’re all certainly well done, but Andrew Kilpatrick’s book is phenomenal.
One of the many things Buffett fans will really enjoy are the stories relating to the people who “discovered” Buffett in the 1950s: the ones who trusted their money with this bright, fast-talking young man with indefatigable focus. It’s tough not to envy Buffett’s earliest investors, who turned a thousand dollars into multiples in the tens of millions.
Perhaps a man of Buffett’s ilk comes along once a generation. But is a future “Superinvestor” of a Buffett-standard here today—and accessible now? And if you did figure out his name, what kinds of questions would you like to ask him? And if he gave you access to his trades, what would you do with that information?
Charles Kirk, trader extraordinaire, soft-spoken and humble (unlike the loud-mouthed, arguably poorly performing Jim Cramer) might not be a value investor in the vein of a Warren Buffett or a Benjamin Graham, but he has built a remarkable track record as a trader over the past 17 years. And his trading success over that time has beaten Warren Buffett’s. And like both Graham and Buffett, he’s generous with his thoughts and ideas.
The internet, being what it is, brings people and ideas together in an amazing way. Last week, Charles Kirk emailed me to commend my blog site. Naturally, I was honoured to receive an email from a man formerly featured and revered in Barrons, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal.
Taking advantage of an opportunity, I emailed him back and asked if I could interview him for my blog.
Graciously, he accepted.
But why should I get all the fun out of posting questions for Charles Kirk? You’re the reader of my blog, and you make the blog what it is—thanks especially to your insightful comments and encouragement.
You’re fully capable of asking your own questions.
So here’s the deal:
You post the questions that you’d like to ask Charles Kirk here, and I’ll compile a list of them and forward them to Charles. In a couple of weeks, he’ll have time to respond, and I’ll post his interviewed answers on this site.
Let’s respect the man’s time and come up with original questions, if possible. For a background on Charles Kirk, this 2007 interview might help.
Thank you—and I look forward to your questions.
And Charles, thank you so much for your generosity and time.