Since the slogan "Play like a champion" seems to work for the Notre Dame football team, Buffett figured this slogan, "Invest like a champion," could work for his team. "We just touch this every morning when we come in," he said, and "hope for the best."
Buffett opened up about his beloved father, Howard, whose picture is on the wall behind him. Howard was a U.S. Congressman who gave his son unconditional love and instilled in him the values that make him the great value investor his is. Buffett still works at his father's desk.
There are no computers in Buffett's office. "I'm working on the abacus now," he kidded. Truth be told, he does have a computer at home and he's addicted to playing bridge online, especially with fellow billionaire Bill Gates. "I like to hide my vices," he said.
When Buffett was 21, he was so terrified of public speaking he took a Dale Carnegie course. Here, he points to the certificate he earned. "Not only did I get so I could talk in front of people," he said, now "I can't stop talking in front of people."
Buffett has several prized photos of another one of his heroes, baseball's Ted Williams. Williams' advice in his book, "The Science of Hitting," was just wait for the right pitch. "That's exactly the philosophy I have about investing. You have to resist the fans in the stands saying, 'swing you bum.'"
Signed baseballs, footballs and boxing gloves are displayed along with one of Shaquille O'Neal's shoes. The owner one of the world's most profitable portfolios, including Geico, quipped, "I'll open up a sporting goods store when the insurance business gets tough."