Warren Edward Buffett
The Oracle of Omaha, Wizard of Omaha, The Oracle of Everything
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Buffett lives in a five-bedroom stucco house in Omaha that he bought in the late fifties for $31,500.
Warren Buffett started his education at the Rose Hill Elementary School.
He then got admission in Alice Deal Junior High School. He later got in Woodrow Wilson High School and graduated in 1947.
He then got enrolled in the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1947. After studying at the university for 2 years, he shifted to the University of Nebraska. He graduated from the University at the age of 19 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Warren had then applied for an admission to Harvard Business School but his application was rejected. He eventually got enrolled at Columbia University’s Columbia Business School. At the Columbia Business School, he got to study under Benjamin Graham, who would have a major influence on Warren’s investment policy.
He graduated from Columbia with a Master of Science in Economics. He then studied at the New York Institute of Finance.
Investor, business magnate, and philanthropist
- Father – Howard Buffett (Businessman, investor, and politician)
- Mother – Leila Buffett
- Siblings – Doris Buffett (Sister) (Founder of The Sunshine Lady Foundation), Roberta Buffett Elliott (Sister)
- Others – Ernest P. Buffett (Paternal Grandfather) (Grocery Business Owner), Henrietta Duvall Buffett (Paternal Grandmother)
Warren Buffett’s personal management team handles his representation work.
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
83 kg or 183 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Warren Buffett has dated
- Susan Thompson (1952-1977) – Warren Buffet got married to Susan Thompson in 1952. It has been reported that their shared interest in music had brought them together. In July 1953, she gave birth to their daughter, Susan Alice Buffett. In 1954, she gave birth to their first son, Howard Graham Buffett, who is a businessman and conservationist. They welcomed their second son, Peter Buffett into their family in May 1958. Susan and Warren decided to separate in 1977 as she wanted to pursue a career in the music industry. She moved to the San Francisco. However, they didn’t get divorced and were legally married until her death in 2004.
- Astrid Menks (1977-Present) – Warren has been in a relationship with Astrid Menks since 1977. His wife Susan had arranged for them to meet before she left for San Francisco. The three of them had a very unusual equation as they were very close to each other and the Christmas cards were sent together from them. On his 76th birthday eve, Buffett got married to Astrid in a private ceremony.
Race / Ethnicity
On his father’s side, he has Scandinavian ancestry. He also has Huguenot ancestry on his paternal grandmother’s side.
- Prominent nose
- Often wears rimmed glass spectacles
Warren Buffett has appeared in a TV commercial for Geico.
He has also lent his voice to the TV commercial for 23andMe Inc. which is a California based DNA testing company.
He was raised in a Presbyterian household. However, as an adult, he identifies himself as an agnostic.
Best Known For
- Being one of the most popular and successful stock investors. He is considered as the leading proponent of the value investing.
- Being one of the richest men in the world. His net worth, as of March 2018, is more than $91 billion.
- Being the co-owner of the multinational conglomerate holding company, Berkshire Hathaway. It is considered as the third largest public company in the world. As of figures released at the end of 2017, the company owned assets worth more than $700 billion and had revenue upwards of $242 billion.
In 2015, Warren made his theatrical film debut in a guest appearance in the comedy movie, Entourage.
First TV Show
In 2003, Warren Buffett made his TV show debut by lending his voice to the character of James Madison in The Man Who Wouldn’t Be King episode of the adventure drama TV series, Liberty’s Kids: Est. 1776.
He made his first physical TV show appearance on the news talk show, Charlie Rose, in June 2006.
Warren Buffett tries to find time in his packed schedule for some exercise on a regular basis. However, he is not a fan of eating a healthy diet. He tries to keep his vegetable consumption to the bare minimum. He loves to eat fast food and sometimes takes his guests and colleagues out to eat at the McDonald’s. In fact, he once took Bill Gates along for a meal at the popular fast food chain.
He also guzzles a lot of sugary and carbonated drinks and as per some sources, he drinks five cans of Coca-Cola throughout the day. Buffett also loves milkshakes with strawberry milkshake being his favorite.
Warren Buffett Favorite Things
- Food – See’s peanut brittle, Veal parm, T-bone steak, Hash browns, Cheeseburgers, UTZ Potato Stix, Dairy Queen sundaes, and McDonald’s bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit
- Drinks – Root Beer Floats and Coca-Cola
- Books – The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham, Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham and David L. Dodd, Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits by Philip Fisher, Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises by Tim Geithner, Jack: Straight from the Gut by Jack Welch, The Clash of the Cultures by John Bogle, and some others
- Football Team – Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Warren Buffett Facts
- After graduating from high school, he wanted to start his investment and entrepreneurial career. But his father overruled him and asked him to complete college education first.
- He had a keen interest in business and investment at a very young age and it was further fanned when at the age of 7, he read One Thousand Ways to Make $1000, which he had taken from the Omaha public library.
- While in high school, he was earning money from doing various jobs including delivering newspapers, selling weekly magazines, selling stamps and golf balls, and detailing cars.
- In his sophomore year in high school, he and his friend bought a second-hand pinball machine and placed it in a local barbershop. Within a couple of months, they had placed several such machines in three local barber shops. The business was eventually sold for $1,200 to a war veteran.
- He filed his first income tax return in 1944. In the tax return, he wrote $35 deduction for the use of a watch and bicycle that he used for delivering papers.
- At the age of 14, he bought a 40 acres farm that was worked by a tenant farmer with $1,200 from his savings.
- In 1951, he started working as an investment salesman with Buffett-Falk & Co. He worked with them until 1954. After he learned in April 1952 that his idol Benjamin Graham was a member of the board of GEICO insurance, he decided to travel to Washington, D.C.
- Buffett wanted Graham’s advice about his desire to work with him on Wall Street. Graham like Buffett’s father urged him not to. Buffett offered to work for him for free but Graham turned down his proposal.
- In 1954, he got an opportunity to join Benjamin Graham’s partnership, Graham-Newman Corp. as a securities analyst. He worked with Graham-Newman for two years as in 1956 Graham retired and closed his firm.
- In 1956, he had savings of over $174,000 and he used it to establish Buffett Partnership Ltd. He worked with the firm as a general partner till 1969.
- When he started acquiring stakes in Berkshire Hathaway in the early sixties, it was a textile manufacturing firm. After becoming the majority stakeholder, he started moving the firm into the insurance sector and in 1985, the last of the mills owned by the company was sold.
- In 1979, the price of Berkshire shares was $775 per share. However, by the end of the year, it had increased to $1,310 and his individual net worth had become $620 million.
- In 1988, Buffett started making one of the most iconic investments as he started acquiring The Coca-Cola Company stock. He spent $1.2 billion to acquire a 7% stake in the company.
- In May 1990, he officially became a billionaire after Berkshire Hathaway began selling class A shares. The market closing price was US$7,175 per share.
- In 2008, he was declared as the richest man in the world by Forbes magazine. His net worth was estimated at $62 billion.
- In his free time, he likes to relax with a game of Bridge. He reportedly spends 12 hours a week playing the game. He even sponsored a bridge match for the Buffett Cup in 2006.
- In April 2012, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer while undergoing a routine test. He had to undergo a 44-day radiation treatment cycle to take care of his condition.
- Although he has been a well-known supporter of the Democratic Party, he served as the financial advisor to Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger during his campaign for the position of California’s Governor.
- As a philanthropist, he has pledged to give away about 99% of his wealth to various charitable causes and foundations. Most of his donations until now have gone through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- In 2009, he collaborated with Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg to establish The Giving Pledge as part of which they pledged to donate at least half of their fortunes to charitable causes.
- In the run-up to the 2016 US Presidential elections, he was a very vocal supporter of the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. He also had a public feud with the Republican candidate Donald Trump, over the filing of tax returns.
- He has an interest in alternative energy sources as he owns wind farms and his company has invested billions in energy projects in California and Arizona.
- In 2012, he revealed that he had avoided making investments in the social media companies as he found it hard to estimate their future value. He is also skeptical of the future of the various cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.
- In 2017, he increased his stake in Apple to 3%. He also became the largest shareholder of Bank of America after exercising warrants for 700 million shares.
- In 2002, he was appointed as an advisor to the Nuclear Threat Initiative. He has also pledged to donate more than $50 million to the foundation.
- In 2006, he auctioned off his 2001 Lincoln Town Car on e-commerce platform eBay to raise funds for the non-profit organization, Girls Inc. which works on the development and growth of girls.
- In 1999, he was declared as top money manager of the Twentieth Century by Carson Group after conducting a survey. He was ranked ahead of legendary investors such as Peter Lynch.
- Warren has been included in the iconic Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World list on multiple occasions.
- While studying at the Wharton School, he was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.
- In the fifties, he used to serve as a teacher for the Investment Principles night class at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Most of his students in the class were at least twice as old as he was.
- In his free time, he loves to play ukulele which he had learned in the late forties to impress a girl he had a crush on. His romantic endeavor failed but his love for ukulele has endured since then.
- In 1989, he used $6.7 million from Berkshire’s funds to buy a private plane. He decided to name it The Indefensible.
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