Elon Musk vs Warren BuffettThe Acquirer's Multiple
During their recent episode of the VALUE: After Hours Podcast, Taylor, Brewster, and Carlisle discussed Musk vs Buffett. Here’s an excerpt from the episode:
Tobias: What about this view that Musk is this incredible industrialist that he’s Tesla’s Holding Company of all these different business lines and just buying some bitcoin is Buffett going and buying a big pile of silver? Did he buy that in Berkshire? Did he buy that in the PA?
Bill: He bought that in Berkshire, I think. Yeah, that was in Berkshire. Look, the difference is one of those guys knows how to generate cash. Oh, no, that’s not fair. PayPal was a legit success and continues to be.
Tobias: One of those guys is the richest man in the world. The other one is just on the ladder there.
Jake: Barely hanging on.
Bill: You know what? Just because the people think one is washed up old man, doesn’t mean that it’s true. Though he is a little past his prime. Shoutout to the Buff Dog, thanks for listening.
Tobias: I still hold some BRK. I picked up some on March 23 last year, pretty happy with that.
Bill: My biggest position right now. It’s back.
Tobias: Yeah, I’d own more of it if I could. Downside is close to zero there.
Bill: Look, I do understand owning an entity and saying, like, “I’m going to bet on this guy.” I get that. To the extent that that’s what people are doing with Tesla, fine. I just think it’s rich.
Tobias: That’s because you’re using fundamental metrics.
Jake: Well, it’s a parimutuel game. Even if you think that Buffett is inferior to Musk, what is the price implied? What are the odds that Musk is that much better? I would say that even if you think he’s heavy favorite, doesn’t mean it’s always the right way to bet.
Bill: Well, he’s younger. He’s got more runway. It’s hard to look at the greatest industrial company that’s been built over the smartest man’s lifetime trade at 550 billion and look at Tesla 800 billion and think it’s going to compound going forward. Maybe it will own all of the economy and all of industry. Who knows? Maybe that’s real.
Jake: I have some answers for that. Actually, ARK has some answers for that.
Tobias: That sounds like a good segue. I thought you’re going to say Bezos. Bezos has got to be the man, hasn’t he?
Bill: Yeah, that’s right. Sorry to my man, Shomik. Is it an homage[?], what is it?
Bill: He wasn’t offended. He just was like, you guys way overly discounted Bezos in your conversation, which is fair, we were just talking to each other.
Jake: When did we say–?
Tobias: Do you mean in–?
Bill: No, that was Toby and I.
Tobias: I’m a Bezos fan.
Bill: Yeah, no, we didn’t speak negatively about Bezos.
Tobias: We just didn’t like him enough.
Tobias: Okay. I prefer Buffett, but I like Bezos, too.
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