Who Are Warren Buffett's Children? The Billionaire Raised His Kids To Be Philanthropists
Billionaire businessman Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, has been a source of public fascination for decades. On Monday, Jan. 30, HBO's documentary Becoming Warren Buffett will give viewers "unprecedented access to his day-to-day personal life," according to the film's official synopsis. Although Buffett is the main narrator, the documentary features interviews with family and friends, along with never-before-seen home videos and archival footage. His personal life is just as fascinating as his career, so it'll be interesting to hear what Warren Buffet's children have to say about their dad — after all, it's a unique experience to be raised by one of the wealthiest men in the world.
Buffett and his late wife have three children together — Susan Alice Buffett, Howard Graham Buffett, and Peter Buffett. According to The Omaha World-Herald, they'll all be featured in the documentary — and they're all fascinating individuals in their own right. Much like his good friend Bill Gates, Buffett won't leave the bulk of his fortune to his kids and will instead donate it to charity. Of course, his net worth is so high that they each stand to inherit a hefty sum of $2 billion, according to The Washington Post. As Buffett once said, the perfect sum is “enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing."
Buffett's oldest child, Susan, is a dedicated philanthropist. She is currently the Chairwoman of the The Sherwood Foundation, which is dedicated to education and poverty alleviation. According to Susan's profile on ONE, she's also a member of national nonprofit boards including the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Girls Incorporated, and The Fulfillment Fund. In 2006, she told The New York Times that she and her dad are incredibly close — they live just 10 blocks apart in Omaha and she still calls him "daddy."
Howard Buffett wears many hats — he's the Chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, an organization that invests in global food security and conflict mitigation. In addition to serving on the Corporate Board of Berkshire Hathaway, Howard is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Against Hunger, an Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff and Undersheriff in Macon County, Illinois, a bestselling author, and a lecturer in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
The youngest Buffett child, Peter, is also an philanthropist — he's the co-president of the NoVo Foundation, which promotes initiatives to advance adolescent girls' rights, end violence against women, and support indigenous communities in North America. Like his siblings, Peter keeps busy with multiple endeavors — he's a critically acclaimed musician who has released 16 records to date. He's also the author of Life Is What You Make It, which is described as an inspirational memoir about "transcending your circumstances, taking up the reins of your destiny, and living your life to the fullest."
Although Warren Buffett's children each have a hefty inheritance in their future, they've all displayed incredible work ethic and are clearly devoted to their philanthropic causes and careers.