Segments in this Video

High School Visit (02:49)


Buffett encourages students to take care of their bodies and minds. He makes the five minute drive to his office stopping at McDonald's on the way.

Competitive and Inquisitive Child (03:17)

Buffett has liked numbers for as long as he can remember. He sold snacks and magazines door to door as a child.

Berkshire Hathaway (01:42)

Buffett is the only person who has built a company from the ground up that is in the top ten of the Fortune 500. It owns 70 to 80 businesses that are run independently.

Lessons Learned From Dad (03:23)

Buffett was born in Omaha in 1930 during the stock market crash. His dad lost his job and started his own investment company. His sisters talk about his childhood.

Teaching by Example (02:43)

Buffett was unhappy when his family moved to Washington D.C. He tells stories about tormenting his teachers. He and his sisters were scared of mom.

Two Rules of Investing (03:35)

Buffett's dad pushed him toward college. He finished in three years, then went to Columbia Business School.

Susie Buffett (02:30)

Buffett talks about dating in high school and meeting his wife. She talks about his brilliant mind and heart of gold.

Wedding and Marriage (02:27)

Buffett was terrified of public speaking and realized that he needed to overcome it. The Dale Carnegie course changed his life.

Buffett's Hometown Business (03:22)

Buffett stays in Omaha, Nebraska because he loves it. He started a partnership and made a lot of money from thinly traded securities.

Family Life (03:17)

Buffett bought the house he lives in today in 1958. He and Susie had three children. Howie, Peter, and Susie Buffett Jr. talk about their mother and father.

Becoming a Democrat (01:39)

Buffett grew up as a Republican, but his wife changed his views. She was involved in the Civil Rights Movement when her children were growing up.

Circle of Competence (03:36)

Buffett compares investing to playing baseball. He first bought shares of Berkshire Hathaway in 1962 and later bought enough to control the company and change the management.

Role of Women (02:30)

Buffett's liberal politics became more overt after the death of his father. He talks about how women are limited by society.

Charlie Munger (04:07)

Munger led Buffett to look for wonderful companies at fair prices rather than chasing cheap stock. Buffett talks about "moats" as key indicators.

Modern Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (02:00)

Buffett closed his partnership in 1969 and took the title of chairman. He has had the same 25 employees for years.

Focus (02:48)

Buffett reads for hours each day. He and Bill Gates became fast friends. They both work hard and dislike frivolous things.

Parallel Lives (03:57)

Hear Susie talks about her husband in a 2004 interview. His kids talk about what he was like as a father.

Separate Lives (03:17)

Susie left Omaha in 1977. Susie Jr. says her father was devastated. They disagreed on how much money to give away.

"Oracle of Omaha" (04:25)

Buffett has an extraordinary ability to use float money to make acquisitions and grow Berkshire Hathaway. He did not disrupt management and established a good reputation.

Salomon Brothers (03:04)

Shortly after Munger and Buffett invested, the company came under investigation for improper trading of treasury bonds.

Too Big to Fail (03:09)

Buffett became interim chairman and convinced the Treasury to let Salomon Brothers continue trading. See footage from a 1991 House Commerce Subcommittee meeting.

50th Annual Shareholder's Meeting (03:40)

Berkshire Hathaway celebrated 50 years in 2015. The company has more long term shareholders than any other.

Unconventional Romance (02:12)

Susie and Buffett continued their relationship while living separately. Her good friend Astrid moved in with Buffett.

Cancer Diagnosis (01:59)

Susie Jr. and her brothers talks about her mother's oral cancer diagnosis and surgery.

July, 2004 (02:50)

Susie Jr. recalls the night her mother died from a stroke. Buffett attributes his success to his late wife.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (03:08)

Buffett's children talk about how he reacted to Susie's death. In June 2006, Buffett announced that he would be giving most of his money away.

The $600 Billion Challenge (02:38)

Each of Buffett's children runs a charitable foundation utilizing unique interests and talents. He explains that most of the money he has earned has no utility to him.

Buffett's Values and Legacy (04:07)

Buffett talks about his own luck. He has had a terrific life and does not fear death. He married Astrid on his 76th birthday.

Credits: Becoming Warren Buffett (02:46)

Credits: Becoming Warren Buffett

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With a net worth of over $60,000,000,000, Warren Buffett is truly a one-of-a-kind billionaire. Now 86 years old, the legendary investor still lives in a modest home in Omaha, and continues to drive himself to the office every morning to manage Berkshire Hathaway, the fifth largest public company in the world. But more surprising than his humble lifestyle and self-effacing personality is Buffett’s exemplary moral core. The same principles of decency and integrity that helped him pile up a fortune led him to give much of it away in the largest philanthropic donation in history. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peter Kunhardt and produced by Kunhardt Films, Becoming Warren Buffett chronicles the evolution of an ambitious, numbers-obsessed boy from Nebraska into one of the richest, most respected men in the world, and the heroes who helped guide him along the way. Allowing the filmmakers to record intimate details of his day-to-day personal life (including trips to a local high school and stops at drive-through restaurants before work), as well as access to never-before-released home movies and family photographs, Buffett is seen in this candid portrait as a man possessed of a truly unique, generous and fertile mind – someone who can help us all understand what is truly important when money no longer has meaning. An HBO Production.

Length: 89 minutes

Item#: BVL130809

Copyright date: ©2017

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