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Warren Edward Buffett (pronounced /ˈbʌfɨt/; born August 30, 1930) is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful investors in the world. Often introduced as "legendary investor, Warren Buffett", he is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world's wealthiest person in 2008 and is the third wealthiest person in the world as of 2011.
Buffett is called the "Wizard of Omaha", "Oracle of Omaha", or the "Sage of Omaha" and is noted for his adherence to the value investing philosophy and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth. Buffett is also a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes, primarily via the Gates Foundation.
Warren Buffett is again putting his massive stash of cash to work and making a big long-term bet on the still-struggling U.S. economy.
On Tuesday, the head of Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB) announced his biggest deal yet: a $26.3 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNI) that values the railroad giant at $34 billion.
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The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak (reporting mark AMTK), is a government-owned corporation that was organized on May 1, 1971, to provide intercity passenger train service in the United States. "Amtrak" is a portmanteau of the words "America" and "track". It is headquartered at Union Station in Washington, D.C.
All of Amtrak's preferred stock is owned by the U.S. federal government. The members of its board of directors are appointed by the President of the United States and are subject to confirmation by the United States Senate. Common stock was issued in 1971 to railroads that contributed capital and equipment; these shares convey almost no benefits but their current holders declined a 2002 buy-out offer by Amtrak.
Amtrak employs nearly 19,000 people. It operates passenger service on 21,000 miles (34,000 km) of track primarily owned by freight railroads connecting 500 destinations in 46 states and three Canadian provinces. In fiscal year 2011, Amtrak served 30.2 million passengers, representing nine straight years of record ridership. Despite this recent growth, the United States still has one of the lowest inter-city rail usages in the developed world.
Amtrak's Board of Directors sets corporate policy and oversees the management of the company. The board is made up of 7 voting members appointed for five-year terms by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. The President has appointed the Secretary of Transportation as one of the board members.
Board of Directors
National Railroad Passenger Corporation Board of Directors
60 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002
Mr. Joseph H. Boardman
Amtrak President and CEO
Mr. Thomas C. Carper
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Anthony R. Coscia
Mr. Bert DiClemente
The Honorable Ray LaHood
U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Mr. Jeffrey R. Moreland
Ms. Nancy A. Naples
Vice Chairman of the Board
Coscia, Anthony R.