Meet Warren Buffett’s wannabes: The ‘Brown Buffett’ and ‘Oracle of San Quentin’

February 27, 2015 2:06 AM

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Meet Warren Buffett’s wannabes: The ‘Brown Buffett’ and ‘Oracle of San Quentin’

A Sri Lankan-born venture capitalist wants to be the “brown Buffett . ” Rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z called himself the “black Warren Buffett . ” There are Buffetts of Tanzania, India and Spain—and a convicted murderer known as the “Oracle of San Quentin” because of his reputation for stock-picking prowess inside the California prison.

Since 2005, the phrase “the Warren Buffett of” has appeared more than 450 times in news reports. There is a Warren Buffett of gambling, wine, Irish property, fishing, barges and jewelry merchandising. And no geographic area seems too small for a Buffett , including at least one apiece in Kentucky an...

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