Stock market bears may be pounding the table about the eventual sell-off in a stock market that has enjoyed gains so far this year, but Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A) sees it differently. (See also: The Greatest Investors: Warren Buffett.)

Speaking during an event in New York City earlier this week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Forbes Magazine, Buffett said the U.S. economy is in good shape and that stocks are a smart bet for investors. He thinks the Dow Jones Industrial Average will be over 1 million some day. A hundred years ago the index was at 81, he said, noting that over 1 million isn't too much of a stretch. The Dow Jones Industrial Index closed Wednesday’s trading session at 22,412.59 up 41.79 points or 0.19%.

According to Buffett, shorting the markets is a fool's game and will continue to be so. In fact, Buffett, who landed on the cover of Forbes anniversary edition that features the 100 greatest business minds, made his bullish call to come true within the next 100 years.“You don’t see any short sellers,” on the list, said Buffett, according to Reuters who was present at the event. “Whenever I hear people talk pessimistically about this country, I think they’re out of their mind.” (See also: Warren Buffett's Investing Style Reviewed.)

Bullish on America

The Oracle of Omaha pointed to the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans for evidence. Forbes's started running the list in 1982 and since then 1,500 different people have made it on the tally, none of whom are pessimistic about the country or the markets. Buffett’s fortune was just $250 million back then, a far cry from the roughly $75 billion he is worth today.

Others to make it into the magazine include Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT); Jeff Bezos,’s (AMZN) founder; Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook Inc. (FB); Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus; Frank Gehry the famed architect; Oprah Winfrey; and singers Bono and Paul McCartney, reported Reuters.

In a sign of the times, the cover of the anniversary edition is interactive. According to The Wall Street Journal, the cover features a photo of Buffett and directs readers to a website where they can engage with a video version of the investor. Readers ask the virtual billionaire investor questions via their smartphones and an artificial intelligence program will translate the questions and offer a response from 33 videos of Buffett.

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