Warren Edward Buffett was born in 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska.
He began his school career at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School where he completed two years and then transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Buffett graduated at the age of 19 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He was then rejected by Harvard Business School, and instead decided to attend the Columbia Business School and study under Benjamin Graham where he received another Bachelor of Science in Economics. Buffett’s love for learning was still going strong, though, as he also briefly attended the New York Institute of Finance.
Buffett became a general partner with Buffett Partnership, Ltd in 1956, where he remained until he began his career with Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett began buying Berkshire stock in 1962, became the majority shareholder in 1965, and in 1970 he became the Chairman of the board and the Chief Executive Officer— both positions he still holds today.
Buffett serves on multiple boards for Berkshire Hathaway, including the Investment Management board, the Berkshire Energy Company board, the Berkshire Life Insurance Company of Nebraska’s board, and the Berkshire Assurance Corporation board.
Other boards that Buffett serves on include Kraft Heinz Company, Precision Castparts Corporation, Grinnell College, and the Urban Institute. He was the director at The Washington Post Company until May of 2011.
Buffett was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 from President Barack Obama. He is considered by many to be the most successful investor in the world, and is currently ranked as the second most wealthy person in the world.
Buffett is very involved with philanthropies, and in 2010 he teamed up with Bill Gates to create the Giving Pledge— a promise to donate at least half of your wealth upon your death, with the worlds millionaires in mind. Other note-able donations include a $37 billion pledge to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, $2 billion to each of his children’s philanthropic foundations, and $50 million to the Nuclear Threat Initiative.