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Business Story: Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is a renowned American businessman, investor, and philanthropist who hails from Omaha, Nebraska. As a self-made billionaire, he is irrefutably one of the most talked-about stock market investors today.

As of 2023, his wealth amounted to $118 billion, ranking him as the world’s 5th richest person on Forbes’ list.

At a young age, Warren Buffett showed a remarkable aptitude for business. In 1956, the Buffett Partnership Ltd. was created, and by 1965, Buffett had gained management of both companies. Buffett is famous today as a well-known philanthropist and one of the world’s wealthiest men after overseeing the expansion of a conglomerate that includes businesses in the insurance, media, energy, and food and beverage sectors.

Childhood and Early Years

Warren Edward Buffett was born in Omaha, Nebraska on the 30th of August, 1930. Howard Buffett, Warren’s father, was a stockbroker and a member of Congress in the United States. Leila Stahl Buffett, his mother, was a stay-at-home mom. Buffett was the middle child and the only male in a family of three. Early in his life, friends and family claimed that he was a mathematical genius who could add vast columns of figures in his mind, a gift that he occasionally displayed in his adulthood.

When Buffett was a kid, he’d go to his father’s stock brokerage firm and write down stock prices on the office chalkboard. He made this first investment at the tender age of 11 when he purchased 3 shares of Cities Service Preferred at a price of $38 each. Buffett hung on until the price rose to $40, despite a sharp plunge to just $27. He made a tiny profit selling his shares, but came to regret it when Cities Service soared to about $200 a share in value. He later referred to this as an elementary lesson in patience when it came to investing.

For his education, he attended Rose Hill Elementary School in Nebraska and proceeded to Woodrow Wilson High School where he received his high school diploma in 1947.

Although Warren was eager to join the family business as soon as he graduated from high school, his father urged that he complete his schooling first. So he reluctantly consented to enroll in the University of Pennsylvania and afterwards transferred to the University of Nebraska, where he earned a degree in business after three years. He met Benjamin Graham and David Dodd – both of whom are well-known security analysts – while attending Columbia Business School. As time went on, they became close friends. Both men had a profound influence on Warren as a youth.

Entrepreneurship Journey

At a young age, Buffet had an entrepreneurial spirit. At age 11, he bought his first stock and invested in a number of enterprises. When Buffett was just 13 years old, he was worked as a paperboy for his business and sold his own horse racing tips.

Fredericksburg, Virginia, became the new home for Buffett and his family in 1942 after his father was voted to the House of Representatives.

While he was still a student at Woodrow Wilson High School in D.C., Warren Buffett continued to think up new ways of making money. He and a classmate spent $25 for a used pinball machine during their time in high school. In a matter of months, they were able to buy more machines thanks to the income from the barbershop where they put it. Before selling the business for $1,200, Buffett had machines in three distinct locations.

The Birth of Berkshire Hathaway

In his birthplace of Omaha, Buffett established Buffett Partnership Ltd. in 1956. He made millions of dollars investing in undervalued firms after studying Graham’s methods. Berkshire Hathaway, a textile business, was one of the businesses Buffett prized. In the early 1960s, he started amassing stock, and by 1965, he had taken over the business.

To focus on Berkshire Hathaway’s growth, Warren Buffett disbanded Buffett Partnership in 1969. Instead of focusing on textile manufacture, he bought insurance assets (GEICO), media assets (The Washington Post), and oil assets (Exxon) to grow the company . The “Oracle of Omaha” was so prosperous that he was able to turn even the most skeptical of purchases into gold, such as his 1987 purchase of the controversial Salomon Brothers.

Buffett became Coca-Cola’s director in 1989 after Berkshire Hathaway made a significant investment in the company. He served in that capacity until 2006. Graham Holdings Company, Citigroup Global Markets Holdings, and The Gillette Company have all had him on their boards.


Buffet has many philanthropic endeavors, and a large portion of his net worth is donated to various charitable trusts. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the primary vehicle through which he has donated the vast majority of his fortune. He and Bill Gates created the Giving Pledge. Billionaires can sign up to the Giving Pledge, pledging to give away at least 50% of their wealth to charitable causes.

Final thoughts

The cornerstone of Warren Buffet’s investing philosophy is value investing. Berkshire Hathaway is a great example of how he turned low-value purchases into massive ones. He made an investment in Berkshire with little knowledge of textiles, but the company’s focus soon changed. Currently, Berkshire Hathaway is one of the largest conglomerate holding companies in the world.

We can learn from Buffett’s success that acquiring knowledge is always more important in any venture. As a result, you’re able to take charge of your financial future. His life is a lesson in never giving up, even if you start out small. Work hard and carry on with enthusiasm to make it big.




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