Warren Buffett leads annual meeting like no other

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Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO (AP Photo)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Before facing questions from a crowd of more than 30,000, billionaire Warren Buffett has started the day being mobbed by fans.

Berkshire Hathaway shareholders are treating the 82-year-old investor like a rock star at Saturday’s annual meeting.

Admirers are holding their cell phones and iPads in the air as they surround Buffett in an exhibit hall. A pack of security guards has created a buffer around Buffett as he visits displays selling Berkshire’s See’s Candy and explaining BNSF railroad’s virtues.

At the See’s booth, Buffett got a lesson in making hand-dipped bonbons. See’s manufacturing manager Steve Powell got Buffett to autograph his white uniform coat.

Later, Buffett will take the stage alongside Berkshire’s Vice Chairman Charlie Munger to answer questions from shareholders, journalists and financial analysts for six hours.

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