Warren Edward Buffett ( born August 30, 1930) is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist who serves as the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is considered one of the most successful investors in the world and has a net worth of $87.5 billion as of February 17, 2018, making him the third wealthiest person in the United States and in the world.Buffett was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He developed an interest in business and investing in his youth, eventually entering the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1947 before transferring and graduating from University of Nebraska at the age of 19. He went on to graduate from Columbia Business School, where he molded his investment philosophy around the concept of value investing that was pioneered by Benjamin Graham. He attended New York Institute of Finance to focus his economics background and soon after began various business partnerships, including one with Graham. He created the Buffett Partnership after meeting Charlie Munger, and his firm eventually acquired a textile manufacturing firm called Berkshire Hathaway and assumed its name to create a diversified holding company.Buffett has been the chairman and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway since 1970, and he has been referred to as the "Wizard", "Oracle", or "Sage" of Omaha by global media outlets. He is noted for his adherence to value investing and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth.Buffett is a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes, primarily via the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He founded The Giving Pledge in 2009 with Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, whereby billionaires pledge to give away at least half of their fortunes. He is also active contributing to political causes, having endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election; he has publicly opposed the policies, actions, and statements of the current U.S. president, Donald Trump.
August 30, 1930 –present
Born Warren Edward BuffettAugust 30, 1930 (age 87)Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.ResidenceOmaha, Nebraska, U.S.Alma materUniversity of PennsylvaniaUniversity of Nebraska–LincolnColumbia UniversityOccupationInvestor, business magnate, and philanthropistYears active1951–presentKnown forLeadership of Berkshire Hathaway with Charlie MungerNet worthUS$87.5 billion (February 2018)Spouse(s)Susan Thompson(m. 1952; her death 2004)Astrid Menks(m. 2006)ChildrenSusan Alice BuffettHoward Graham BuffettPeter BuffettParent(s)Howard BuffettLeila Stahl BuffettRelativesHoward Warren Buffett (grandson)
In October 2008, USA Today reported at least 47 books were in print with Buffett's name in the title. The article quoted the CEO of Borders Books, George Jones, as saying that the only other living persons named in as many book titles were U.S. presidents, world political figures and the Dalai Lama. Buffett said that his own personal favorite is a collection of his essays called The Essays of Warren Buffett, which he described as "a coherent rearrangement of ideas from my annual report letters".Books or publications by Buffett:•The Essays of Warren Buffett : Lessons for Corporate America, Warren Buffett and Lawrence A. Cunningham, The Cunningham Group; revised edition (April 11, 2001), ISBN 978-0-9664461-1-1 •The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Second Edition, Warren E. Buffett and Lawrence A. Cunningham, The Cunningham Group; 2nd edition (April 14, 2008), ISBN 978-0-9664461-2-8 Some best-selling, or otherwise notable, books about Buffett:•Carol J. Loomis, Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012: A Fortune Magazine Book. •Preston Pysh, Warren Buffett's Three Favorite Books. (An interactive book that references http://www.buffettsbooks.com for online videos)•Roger Lowenstein, Buffett, Making of an American Capitalist •Robert Hagstrom, The Warren Buffett Way.•Alice Schroeder, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life. (Written with Buffett's cooperation.)•Mary Buffett and David Clark, Buffettology and four subsequent books. (Combined sales of more than 1.5 million copies.)•Janet Lowe, Warren Buffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Greatest Investor.•John Train, The Midas Touch: The Strategies That Have Made Warren Buffett 'America's Preeminent Investor'. •Andrew Kilpatrick, Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett. (The longest of the books about Buffett, with 330 chapters, 1,874 pages and 1,400 photos, weighing 10.2 pounds.)•Robert P. Miles (2004). Warren Buffett wealth: principles and practical methods used by the world's greatest investor. John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 978-0-471-46511-9. •John P. Reese, "The Guru Investor: How to Beat the Market Using History's Best Investment Strategies". (Includes step-by-step stock-picking method based on Buffett's approach) •Tavakoli, Janet M. (January 6, 2009). Dear Mr. Buffett: What an Investor Learns 1,269 Miles from Wall Street. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-44273-9. •Janjigian, Vahan (May 1, 2008). Even Buffett Isn't Perfect: What You Can--and Can't--Learn from the World's Greatest Investor. Penguin. ISBN .
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Star investor Warren Buffett: "I made a mistake""I should have bought JPMorgan," Buffett said in an interview with Yahoo Finance. "I've made a mistake." It's quite obvious that the largest US bank by market capitalization is a "great run business." "And once it was very cheap, just like many others."