Charlie Munger’s Influence Will Be Felt For Generations, Says Ramesh Damani

The partnership began when they bumped into each other in Los Angeles, where Munger was practicing law. Damani cited an incident from the mid-80s. When Buffett bought a plane for himself, Munger had called the move indefensible. Adding humor to the situation, Buffett had named the plane ‘Indefensible’.

While Buffett pulled Munger into investing, it was Munger who asked his him to buy a great business at a fair price, rather than buying a fair business at a great price as “compounding over a long term will make a huge difference to the value of that business”. A lesson that Damani has learnt from them.

“The one thing that Munger told very clearly about investing was the importance of inverting. He used the great mathematician Jacobi and said invert a problem you can’t solve…Linearly invert the problem,” Damani said. “…I think it helps to look backward and try and solve the problem and I often tend to use that in my own investing.”

To highlight the kind of influence the legendary investor had, Damani mentioned how the dining hall was named after Munger at Dakshina Institute in Pune. The wisdom, anecdotes, investment thesis, he said, are now spreading to smaller cities.

“It’ll take almost a generation of investors to forget the presence of Munger (at Berkshire Hathway AGM), which unfortunately we’ll have to get used to,” he said.

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