On the General Re deal, Buffett is quoted in the New York Post as saying, "We are doing this deal under the belief that 5, 10, 20 years from now, there will be opportunities we want to seize. The General Re funds will come in as useful then."
This is good news to all BRK shareholders. If Buffett continues to produce 26% returns annually for the next 20 years, BRK will be worth $10 trillion in 2018, and Buffett himself will be worth $3-4 trillion
What do you expect him to say? "Well, it will be good for shareholders, but, unfortunately I won't be around to enjoy it? And if you really expect that his company will be worth twice as much in 20 years AS OUR ENTIRE ECONOMY IS TODAY, you need to seek help. Fast.