What do you give your friend who has everything for his 90th birthday? If you are Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the world’s second-richest person, you might bake him a cake and share the kitchen video. And what does the sixth wealthiest person on earth — widely regarded as one of the greatest investors of all time — do for his birthday? Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO Warren Buffett was not wasting time with cakes baked by billionaire amateur bakers last weekend. He put out the word that he had just bought 5% stake in each of Japan’s five biggest trading firms or Sogo Shoshas for a cool US$6 billion ($8.17 billion). By mid-week this past week, Berkshire’s stake in the Japanese trading giants had jumped a total of 16% giving him nearly US$1 billion profit on his investment.

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