GM and Buffett and Gates

June 25, 2006

GM and Buffett and Gates


Priceless. The support from Warren Buffett for GM’s CEO Rick Wagoner is symbolically displayed in Fortune. Buffet is standing next to the Cadillac DTS he bought as “one vote for the guy.” All came about when Buffett sent Wagoner a note praising the auto CEO’s appearance on Face the Nation. This single act is one way of boosting Wagoner’s reputation. Priceless.

Priceless. Warren Buffet’s support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Good news all around. Makes the world seem like it is going in the right direction when you hear about good deeds like this. I was also pleased to read that Buffett’s largesse would go to the Foundation as long as one of the Gates’ was still there. How nice to think that if Bill Gates had to return to Microsoft or something happened to him that Buffett had confidence in the female side of the equation. Pumps up Buffett’s already admirable reputation in my book. Again, priceless.

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Leslie Gaines-Ross
Leslie Gaines-Ross
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As Weber Shandwick’s Chief Reputation Strategist, I focus on the ever changing world of reputation. For the past 25 years, I have relentlessly observed, researched and commented on the rise and fall of corporate and CEO reputations.

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