FORTUNE -- I'm not sure what it means that the three most popular stories on Fortune.com in 2013 were, in order, "11 top perks from Best Companies," "Former Amazon star killed in bike accident" and "Warren Buffett is bullish on…women."
But I like that this lineup of top stories, based on unique visitors, is about lives and careers rather than gadgets or gear or growth strategies.
It's no surprise that "Top perks" was supremely clickable, since work and personal life intermingle these days. Everybody wants more than a job, and companies face immense pressure to make employees feel good—as they push us to do three jobs instead of one.
It is startling, though, to see at No. 2 my piece about the death of Joy Covey, who was Amazon.com's (AMZN) CFO in its startup days. Covey was extraordinary in life and in death. She dropped out of high school, used her 173 IQ to get to Harvard Business School, helped CEO Jeff Bezos take Amazon public, climbed Fortune's Most Powerful Women list, and soon quit corporate life to be a mom, philanthropist and practitioner of extreme sports. I knew Covey, who was 50, well but never well enough. My story about her fatal bike crash in Silicon Valley this past September traveled far beyond the tech and cycling worlds.
I never imagined that Warren Buffett's essay on women would turn out to be one of Fortune's best-read pieces of the year. The Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) boss phoned me last March, in the wake of Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg's heavy-duty book promotion for Lean In. "This talk about women won't stop!" Buffett said. He told me that he had written a piece about women and asked if we might want to publish it. Sure thing. His essay, which reflects the deft touch of my Fortune colleague Carol Loomis as well as deputy managing editor Stephanie Mehta, is more than just wise: its fresh and unique insights expanded the conversation about why women aren't advancing to the top quickly enough. Thanks to Buffett joining Twitter (TWTR) during a live online chat that I did with him, his essay exploded across the web.
During that chat in Omaha last May, Buffett was asked "How do you define success?" His answer is worth remembering as we move into the new year. "If the people who you want to have love you love you, you're a success," said the ever-rational billionaire. "You can have all the money in the world, you can have buildings named after you, and unless you've got people who really care about you, you are not a success.">
Even Warren Buffett wasn't the smartest guy when he started investing. Who taught him to hunt for quality?
When Warren Buffett began investing more than 60 years ago, he tended to buy mediocre businesses at mediocre prices.
Then someone gave the Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) CEO the best advice he says he ever got. That is: Pay up for really good businesses like American Express (AXP) and See's Candies.
Buffett's adviser: Charlie Munger, who MOREPatricia Sellers - Nov 8, 2013 1:19 PM ET
Mellody Hobson has a slate of corporate board seats that many a star executive would envy: She is a director at Starbucks (SBUX), Estee Lauder (EL), Groupon (GRPN) and DreamWorks Animation (DWA). And while her day job is serving as president of Chicago-based Ariel Investments, Hobson is also non-executive chairman of DreamWorks—as well as one of CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg's most trusted advisors.
How did Hobson get such plum corporate gigs? For MOREPatricia Sellers - Nov 6, 2013 10:50 AM ET
The world's greatest investing duo talk about how they've helped each other exceed at investing--and life.
Warren Buffett and his lifelong investing partner Charlie Munger are rarely interviewed together except in front of 30,000-plus shareholders at the Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) annual meeting in Omaha each spring.
So, my recent sit-down with the two investing legends was a special event.
The new issue of Fortune features Buffett, 83, and Munger, 89 and other super-successful MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 31, 2013 11:50 AM ET
Warren Buffett and Glenn Close brought down the house at the opening of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.
After Senator Susan Collins and IMF chief Christine Lagarde kicked off the 2013 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington D.C. Tuesday night with grim views of the dangers of the U.S. government shutdown, actress Glenn Close lightened the mood in high style. Taking the MPW Summit stage to disclose that she's venturing into a new phase of MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 16, 2013 6:23 AM ET
Warren Buffett likens the impasse in Washington to nuclear war. Out of this crisis, Americans should learn a great lesson, he says.Patricia Sellers - Oct 4, 2013 11:34 AM ET
FORTUNE -- Jeff Bezos' decision to buy the Washington Post isn't so surprising given that he has long seen the value of making money slowly. The Amazon.com (AMZN) founder and CEO built his $61.1 billion-a-year business by plowing short-term profits back into the business, restless investors be damned.
Way back in 1999, actually, Bezos displayed an interest in old-line industries. He was at Allen & Co.'s conference in Sun Valley, Idaho MOREPatricia Sellers - Aug 6, 2013 1:42 PM ET
Maybe Sheryl Sandberg really is building a new feminist movement.
Following the Facebook (FB) COO's PR extravaganza around her best-seller Lean In, the first mega-mover and shaker to join the conversation about women and work was Warren Buffett. The Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) chief wrote an enlightening essay in the Fortune 500 issue, did his first-ever interview about women (with me), and joined Twitter to help spread his word globally.
This week, Sallie MOREPatricia Sellers - May 17, 2013 2:02 PM ET
Last week's interview with Warren Buffett on Women and Work featured a lot of memorable moments. The legendary investor's first Tweet -- the Tweet heard around the world -- was just one.
The most special moment for me, Buffett's interviewer, came when he answered this question from a University of Nebraska student: How do you define success?
"If people whom you want to have love you love you, you're a success," said MOREPatricia Sellers - May 7, 2013 1:37 PM ET
How do you collect more than one thousand Twitter followers per minute?
If you're Warren Buffett, all you need to do is send your first Tweet:
Warren is in the house.
— Warren Buffett (@WarrenBuffett) May 2, 2013
Fortune (and I) ushered the world's most famous investor into the digital age on Thursday. During my live video chat with the Berkshire Hathaway CEO, he joined Twitter and then sent a followup Tweet to promote his MOREPatricia Sellers - May 3, 2013 9:14 AM ET
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