Lawrence A. Cunningham is well-known to Berkshire shareholders and other followers of Warren Buffett. A business law professor and consultant based in New York City and Washington DC, his acclaimed books include The Essays of Warren Buffett, which Buffett calls the "gold standard" in books of the genre, and Berkshire Beyond Buffett, both of which Buffett has designated for sale inside the Berkshire Annual Meeting. A member of the George Washington University faculty, Cunningham is the Founding Director of GW in New York, an intensive training program for aspiring Wall Street lawyers. A graduate of the University of Delaware and Cardozo Law School and former corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Cunningham consults on corporate governance and has served on several boards, private and public, currently including Constellation Software Inc. He also serves on the Dean's Advisory Council of the University of Delaware College of Business.
"Lawrence Cunningham forever changed my life with a simple insight:
The best way to learn about business is to read the letters of its
greatest practitioners. Larry's book, The Essays of Warren
Buffett, is a master class in finance that inspired a
generation of value investors. His newest offering, Dear
Shareholder, channels legendary CEOs to teach us valuable
lessons about management, leadership and corporate stewardship.
Future titans of industry should begin their business education
with this book." -- Jeff Gramm, Author, Dear Chairman:
Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism
"Little has been written about CEOs' letters to shareholders. In Dear Shareholder, Lawrence Cunningham pulls together the best excerpts from the best letters. He demonstrates the qualities of superior letters, and the ones he has excerpted illustrate what makes for a successful company and a great CEO. There's much to be learned from this volume." -- Howard Marks, Director and Co-Chairman, Oaktree Capital & Author, The Most Important Thing and Mastering the Market Cycle
"Dear Shareholder provides a collection of invaluable lessons and insights from the world's savviest wealth creating CEOs. Lawrence Cunningham delivers a curated classic that is both bingeworthy and a permanent addition to any investor's library." -- Lauren C. Templeton, President, Templeton & Phillips Capital Management & Author, Investing The Templeton Way
"Lawrence Cunningham was the first to distill the wisdom of Warren Buffett's letters in his ground-breaking Essays of Warren Buffett. Now he analyzes and extracts important information from the letters of other financial legends. Incorporating these cultural and leadership insights will surely boost your strategic IQ and your investment returns." -- Laura Rittenhouse, CEO, Rittenhouse Rankings, Inc. & Author, Investing Between the Lines: How to Make Smarter Decisions By Decoding CEO Communications
"Want to know how the best CEOs in the business think? Dear Shareholder is your cheat sheet. Larry Cunningham has distilled the lessons buried in the annual letters of the most successful CEOs of our generation to bring us a treasure of timeless, common-sense principles for business, management and capital allocation (a surprisingly uncommon trifecta)." -- Robert Robotti, President, Robotti & Co.
"Dear Shareholder is an invaluable curation of the finest shareholder letters, a treasure trove for current and aspiring investors and CEOs, and for anyone on the lookout for exceptional capital allocators. The clarity and concision of these letters correlates highly with extraordinary returns and will delight any reader intrigued by (very) long term value creation." -- Will Thorndike, Author, The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success