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Warren Buffett bought 3,500 tons of silver in 1997. The purchase helped make Thomas Kaplan a billionaire.

Added 05-23-20 06:14:02am EST - “"It became public that he had done this the week when I was taking my silver company public," Kaplan said. "That changed everything."” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Warren Buffett bought 3,500 tons of silver in 1997. The purchase helped make Thomas Kaplan a billionaire.”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Warren Buffett made an unusual move in 1997 when he bought 111 million ounces, or nearly 3,500 tons, of silver. The famed investor's purchase helped make Thomas Kaplan a billionaire.

Kaplan was in his early 30s, with a doctorate in history from Oxford University but zero industry experience, when he founded a mining company named Apex Silver Mines in 1993. Despite his lack of credentials, he received a $10 million investment from billionaire investor George Soros in 1994.

At the time, the global silver market was still recovering from oil tycoon Nelson Bunker Hunt and his brothers almost cornering it in 1979. The silver bubble had burst in early 1980, slashing the price of the precious metal from $50 an ounce to less than $10, and making it a toxic asset for many investors.

"What really put and end to it was when Warren Buffett bought [those] ounces of silver," Kaplan, now the chairman of NovaGold Resources, said during the miner's virtual shareholder meeting this month, according to a transcript on Sentieo, a financial-research site.

"I remember it vividly because there but for the grace of God, it became public that he had done this the week when I was taking my silver company public," Kaplan continued, referring to Apex.

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