OMAHA (TheStreet) -- Nick Antoine traveled to Berkshire Hathaway's
The 24 year-old Princeton University graduate was forced to splurge on taxis due to unseasonably cold weather at the May 4 investor gathering in Omaha, Nebraska.
Antoine entered Princeton on track to become a musician and had been a semi-professional saxophone player in his high school years in New Jersey. Those plans changed, however, when he read Benjamin Graham's The Intelligent Investor and Berkshire CEO Warren Buffett's essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville over a few days in his freshman year of college.
"It was like a light switch had been turned on in my head. I'll never forget it," Antoine says.
Antoine decided on a history major and now aspires to become a professional investor or an entrepreneur. Saturday was his first shareholder meeting after buying shares in Berkshire's Class B stock last year.
"I didn't go to see Warren speak because he has a lot of money, I went because he thinks differently and I want that type of thinking to rub off on me," Antoine says. "I'm interested in developing a skill set that will set me apart from the rest of my generation."
Berkshire's 82-year old CEO and Chairman has referred to the annual meeting as 'Woodstock for Capitalists,' but the event has also caught on with members of the Millenial generation such as Antoine. They seek out the 'Oracle of Omaha' and his 89-year old lieutenant Charlie Munger for guidance on how to position their careers amid a tepid post-crisis economic recovery.
Twenty-somethings like Antoine describe the pilgrimage to Omaha as an affirmation of independent thinking in business and investment. Buffett's values and Munger's lucidity also carry an appeal beyond their stewardship of Berkshire and its more than 80 operating subsidiaries.