Scraping together enough coin to win the annual luncheon auction with Warren Buffett is probably beyond most investors' means. With the proceeds going to charity, this year's winning bidder forked over $2.63 million for the privilege.

While we likely can't afford to break bread with the greats, we can peek at their stock ideas through their SEC filings. Here, we'll pore over some of the top investors' reports to see which stocks they've chosen as their best investments. We'll then check in with Motley Fool CAPS members to learn whether they agree.

First, the caveats

  • There's a delay between when the stocks were bought and when these investors filed their paperwork, so they might have sold since.
  • These legends may be hot investors now, but that can change in an instant. Bill Miller was a wunderkind after beating the market 15 years in a row. Then he went cold for three. He came back in 2009, but we don't know what 2010 will bring.

Contrary to popular opinion
Fools should definitely do their own further research. But in the meantime, let's take a look at Whitney Tilson, one of the "Ts" in T2 Partners (the other is Glenn Tongue), a hard-core value investor in the vein of Buffett and Graham who's made beating the market in these down times look easy.

Fund: T2 Partners LLC
No. of Stocks Owned: 89
Top Five Holdings: General Growth Properties, Berkshire Hathaway, GHL Acquisition, Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE: BUD), Kraft
Top Sectors: Financials, oil and gas, consumer services, consumer goods

Like many of the investing legends we've looked at, Tilson has a rather diversified portfolio, so let's look closer at a few of his most recent choices.


Average Price

Current Price


CAPS Rating
(out of 5)

Anheuser-Busch InBev





InterOil (NYSE: IOC)





Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX)





Source: GuruFocus and Motley Fool CAPS.

Price is what you pay
Tilson wasn't wearing beer goggles when he purchased shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev. Organic volume at the world's largest brewer rose more than 2% even as sales fell year over year because it shed a number of brands. Ambev (NYSE: ABV) might taste better to Buffett and Molson Coors (NYSE: TAP) may be flush with cash, but it's hard to argue with Anheuser-Busch InBev's distribution and pricing power. There may be concerns over gaining traction in North America, its largest market, but at 14 times next year's earnings, that may already be priced in.

Valuation would also likely be behind the purchase of Seagate Technology, which along with Western Digital (NYSE: WDC) would seem to have the most to lose from Intel's (Nasdaq: INTC) profit warnings. With higher exposure to PCs, where all is doom and gloom, the drive makers sport minuscule market multiples, suggesting investors are just about looking for the disappearance of the industry. iPads might eat into PC sales, but there's a point where valuation just becomes too cheap to ignore.

Don't misunderstand
Perhaps the most misunderstood position in Tilson's portfolio is his long position in InterOil, which he has previously said he expects to blow up spectacularly. But rather than an about-face, Tilson is simply looking to offset his very large short position and gain a wedge to trade the stock. He still firmly believes the Australia-based company won't be able to commercially develop whatever reserves it has.

That would seem to align with what investors are feeling at CAPS, where 60% of those rating the oil play have marked it to underperform the broad averages. CAPS member jsch08 says at current valuations, "This is not a good value, selling at a 6X it's book value. No cash and not a profitable business."

Value is what you get
Become an investing legend yourself by starting your own research on these stocks on Motley Fool CAPS. Read a company's financial reports, scrutinize key data and charts, and examine the comments your fellow investors have made, all from a stock's CAPS page.

Sign up today for the completely free service, and tell us whether these stocks are as good a value as these investing legends think they are.