If you have a burning question for Warren Buffett (or Charlie Munger), you had better get your questions in quickly. At least a third of the questions asked during the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting will be coming from those submitted by shareholders to three financial journalists. Mr. Buffett has requested that you email your questions to those journalists ahead of time. They are:
Carol Loomis of Fortune – firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky Quick of CNBC - BerkshireQuestions@cnbc.com
Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times – email@example.com.
Each journalist will choose about a dozen questions they deem the most interesting and important. Mr. Buffett also says to let the journalists know if you want your name mentioned if they choose your question.
Audience members will have a chance to ask questions as well. A drawing will be held at 8:15am at each of the 13 microphones. And there is apparently a better chance at some microphones than others! Read this article from the Wall Street Journal about how one group gamed the system last year.
Mr. Buffett has promised Fidelity won’t be able to do it again this year. He also added a panel of three financial analysts to ask Berkshire-specific questions. The analysts are Cliff Gallant of KBW, Jay Gelb of Barclays Capital and Gary Ransom of Dowling and Partners.