Postcard: Omaha

It's a scary time for the economy, but Warren Buffett is as calm as ever--and his annual shareholders' meeting is just as festive. The world's greatest investor throws a party

Danny Wilcox Frazier / Redux for TIME

Attendees check out a Berkshire Hathaway - owned bootmaker as Buffer's portrait looks on.

A 77-year-old Nebraskan who lives in a house he bought in 1958 and reimburses his company for personal telephone calls might make an unlikely candidate to be the most revered capitalist of our day. Yet that's what Warren Buffett is. And every year, devotees travel to the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting--part corporate event, part tent revival, part family reunion--to pay him homage.

A record 31,000 people from 50 countries made the pilgrimage to Omaha, Neb., this year, snapping up every hotel room within an hour's drive, all to spend three days in the orbit of the native son whose investing prowess...

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