Freemasonry got started in the 18th century with no coherent ideology or rules, aside from a fixation on universal brotherhood and self-improvement, even going without a single governing body. Warren Buffett is a Freemason and is chairman/shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway and is listed as one of the world’s wealthiest people. Freemasonry is only able to exist in a democratic society. Freemasons have a religious right to gather anywhere they want to according to the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Buffett knows more about the stock market than many people because he can hire people to find out even more for him.
Freemasonry grew out of medieval stonemason’s guilds, which set wages while training apprentices. Freemasons have lodges such as national or regional organizations. Masons were originally architects and engineers but now they are business people who have made large amounts of money. Buffett is not Jewish but he trained with Benjamin Graham after college. Buffett is an owner of the Washington Post publishing group. Freemasonry has a lot of secret rules and political talk is forbidden in the halls. Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Melinda Gates originally decided to invent the giving pledge in which they give away a certain percentage of their wealth.
The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation doubled in size because of the Buffett gift. This organization is larger than the U.S.’s Ford Foundation. Freemasons believe in charity because they demand people of affluence who join up, pay up. Warren Buffett is a Freemason in the habit of asking other American Billionaires to donate half their fortunes. They feel the giving pledge is a moral commitment not necessarily a legal contract. It isn’t about pooling money to any one type of cause or group. Gates and Buffett feel that giving money away to those who need it is a calling.