Warren Buffett: Timeline

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett timeline

Here is a close look at the stories and events that have shaped the life and career of Warren Buffett, arguably America’s greatest investor of the modern era.

Warren Buffett: Fast Facts

Born: Warren Edward Buffett

Date of Birth: August 30, 1930

Parents: Howard Buffett and Leila Stahl Buffett

Education: Columbia Business School; University of Nebraska; Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; Woodrow Wilson High School; Rose Hill Elementary School

Spouse: Susan Thompson (1952-2004); Astrid Menks (married in 2006)

Children: Susan, Howard, Peter

Most famous for: Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

Zodiac sign:  Virgo

Nickname: Oracle of Omaha; Sage of Omaha

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Warren Buffett: Timeline

1930: Born in Omaha, Nebraska; second child of his parents – Congressman Howard Buffett and Leila Buffett

1942: Enrolls at Rose Hill Elementary School

1947: Graduates from Woodrow Wilson High School

1941: Buys his first shares – preference shares of Cities Service

1944: Buys a 40-acre land for about $1,200

1947: Gains admission into the University of Pennsylvania – the Wharton School

1949: Graduates from the University of Nebraska with a BSc in Business Administration

1951: Graduates with a Master of Science in Economics from Columbia University

1951-1954: Investment salesman at Buffett-Falk & Co.

1952: Marries Susan Thompson (1932-2004)

1953: Welcomes his first child, Susan Alice

1954-1956: Securities analyst at Graham-Newman Corp

1954: Welcomes his second child, Howard Graham

1956-1969: Joins Buffett Partnership, Ltd

1958: Welcomes his third child, Peter Andrew

1960: His business grows into seven partnerships

1962: Becomes a millionaire and goes on to invest in Berkshire Hathaway

1970: Becomes chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

1973: Starts buying shares in the Washington Post

1979: Begins acquiring shares in American Broadcasting Company (ABC)

1985: Berkshire Hathaway exits the textile business and moves into the insurance sector

1988: Buys shares in The Coca-Cola Company

1998: Buys General Re, a health reinsurance company.

July, 2004: His first wife, Susan Buffett, dies

2006: Makes an announcement to give away 85% of his shares in Berkshire to five charity organizations, the bulk going to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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2006: Marries his longtime partner Astrid Menks

2009: Invests $2.6 billion in Swiss Re

2009: Acquires Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp for $34 billion

2011: Buys about 64 million shares in IBM Corp; those shares were valued at around $11 billion

2011: Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-President of the United States Barack Obama

April 2012: Diagnosed with stage I prostate cancer

2016: Endorses and supports Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton ahead of the 2016 presidential election

April, 2020: Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, his firm, Berkshire Hathaway, ditches all their holdings in the ‘big four’ airline companies – American, Delta, Southwest, and United