Warren Buffett

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Warren Buffett has had a long storied journey that has him as Forbes.com’s top giver in America. Buffett was born in Omaha, Nebraska but moved shortly after to Washington D.C. where his dad served four terms in the United States Congress. Business seemed very interesting to Buffett, even at a very young age. Buffett sold chewing gum, Coca-Cola bottles and weekly magazines. With such an interest in business, Buffett enrolled at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After 2 years, Buffett decided to transfer to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A homecoming of some sort, Warren would graduate at the age of just nineteen years old with a degree in Business Administration. Buffett would go on to attend Columbia Business School and earn his Master of Science in Economics. Buffett also spent time at the New York Institute of Finance.

After some experiences in business, Buffett got involved with Berkshire Hathaway and things started to move faster for him. In December of 2014, Berkshire’s Class A shares sold for $227,720, making them the highest priced shares on the New York Stock Exchange. The shares are so expensive due to having never experienced a stock split and having distributed just one dividend since Warren took over. Some of Berkshire’s largest stock investments include DIRECTV, IBM, Goldman Sachs and Wal-Mart.

Buffett’s philanthropic efforts have been felt by many. In June of 2006, Warren pledged to donate 83% of his fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The worth of the pledge at the time was reportedly to be about $31 billion making it the largest donation in history. Buffett has also pledged $50 million to the Nuclear Threat Initiative, where he has served as an advisor since 2002. Buffett has also auctioned luncheons with himself on eBay for charity which have brought in as high as $3.4 million as the highest bid.

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