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大学英语四六级晨读经典365:夏日激情篇 158 The Great Investor Warren Edward Buffett 世界投资大师 沃伦 爱德华 巴菲特(mp3)

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158 The Great Investor Warren Edward Buffett

158 世界投资大师 沃伦 爱德华 巴菲特

The 68-year-old Omahanative has led an extraordinary life.Looking back on his childhood,one can see the budding of a savvy businessman.Warren Edward Buffett was born on August 30,1930,the middle child of three.His father,Howard Buffett,came from a family of grocers but himself became a stockbroker and later a U.S. congressman.

这位68岁的土生土长的奥马哈人有着不平凡的生活经历。回顾他的童年时代,就可以很好地了解这个精明的生意人的成长历程。沃伦,爱德华·巴菲特生于1934年8月34日。在家里的三个孩子中,他排行老二。他父亲霍华德·巴菲特出生于一个杂货商的家庭中,但后来却成了一名股票经纪人,之后又成为美国国会的议员。

Even as a young child,Buffett was pretty serious about making money.He used to go door-to-door and sell soda pop.At the ripe age of 11,Buffett bought his first stock.

甚至在很小的时候,巴菲特就对赚钱很感兴趣。那时,他常常挨家挨户地推销苏打汽水。在11岁的时候,已近成熟的巴菲特买进了自己的第一支股票。

When he was 14,Buffett spent $1,200 on 40 acres of farmland in Nebraska and soon began collecting rent from a tenant farmer.He and a friend also made $50 a week by placing pinball machines in barber shops.

14岁那年,巴菲特花了1,200美元在内布拉斯加州购置了一片40公顷的农田.然后开始从佃户那里收取租金。而且他还和一个朋友在理发店安装弹球游戏机,从中每周可赚得50美元。

Already a successful albeit small-time businessman,Buffett wasn't keen on going to college but ended up at Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania---his father encouraged him to go.After two years at Wharton,Buffett transferred to his parents' alma mater,the University of Nebraska in Lincoln,for his final year of college.

这时的巴菲特尽管并不起眼,但已是一位小有收获的成功商人。他对上大学并不感兴趣,不过后来还是在父亲的敦促下去了宾夕法尼亚大学的沃顿学院。在沃顿学习了两年后,巴菲特转学到其父母的母校——林肯的内布拉斯加大学,在那儿修完了大学最后一年的课程。

Buffett applied to Harvard Business School but was turned down in what had to be one of the worst admissions decisions in Harvard history.The outcome ended up profoundly affecting Buffett's life,for he ended up attending Columbia Business School,where he studied under revered mentor Benjamin Graham,the father of securities analysis who proviede the foundation for Buffett's investment strategy.

巴菲特曾申请哈佛商学院,但遭受拒绝,这后来成为哈佛历史上最糟糕的录取决定之一。这个结果对巴菲特的一生产生了深远的影响,他因此进入哥伦比亚商学院,并拜读于著名的证券分析之父本杰明·格雷厄姆门下,巴菲特从导师身上学到的东西.为日后形成自己的投资策略奠定了基础。

Buffett's view of inherited money also departs from the norm.Critical of the self-indulgence of the super-rich, Buffett thinks of inheritances as "privately funded food stamps"that keep children of the rich from leading normal,independent lives.With his own three kids,he gave them each $10,000 a year---the tax-deductible limit ---at Christmas.When he gave them a loan,they had to sign a written agreement.When his daughter,also named Suie like her mother,needed $20 to park at the airport,he made her write him a check for it.

巴菲特对待遗产的态度也与众不同。他对“超级富人”自我放纵的生活方式非常反感,他把遗产看作是。私人资助的饭票,这让有钱人隶的孩子们无法过上正常而独立的生活。对自己的3个孩子,巴菲特在每年圣诞节时给他可门每人1万美元作为一年的花销—免征所得税的最低限度。若是给他们贷款。则需签订书面协议。有一次。他的女儿苏茜——与母亲同名—在机场需要20美元的停车费,巴菲特虽然把钱借给了她,但却要求女儿给自己写一张支票当作偿还。

As for charity,Buffett's strict standards have made it difficult for him to give much away.He has established the Buffett Foundation.

巴菲特严格的处事标准使他即使是面对慈善事业也很难慷慨解囊,而且他还建立了巴菲特基金会。
 

英语词汇注释

savvy adj. 机智的
make money 赚钱
albeit conj. 虽然,即使
small-time adj. 不重要的
turn down 拒绝
mentor n. 指导者
give away 送出,赠送

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