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  • Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    Saturday Aug 30, 1930

    Birth

    Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    Saturday Aug 30, 1930

    On August 30, 1930, Buffett was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the second of three children and the only son of Leila (née Stahl) and Congressman Howard Buffett.




  • Rose Hill Elementary School, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1942

    Education

    Rose Hill Elementary School, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1942

    Buffett began his education at Rose Hill Elementary School in 1942.




  • Chesapeake Street, Northwest Washington D.C., U.S.
    1947

    Woodrow Wilson High

    Chesapeake Street, Northwest Washington D.C., U.S.
    1947

    Buffett graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1947.




  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    1947

    Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    1947

    Buffett entered the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1947.




  • Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
    1949

    Graduation

    Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
    1949

    Buffett graduated from the University of Nebraska at the age of 19.




  • Columbia Business School, New York, U.S.
    1951

    Columbia Business School

    Columbia Business School, New York, U.S.
    1951

    Buffett went on to graduate from Columbia Business School, where he molded his investment philosophy around the concept of value investing in 1951.




  • Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1952

    Marriage

    Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1952

    In 1952, Buffett married Susan Thompson at Dundee Presbyterian Church.


  • Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    Thursday Jul 30, 1953

    First Child

    Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    Thursday Jul 30, 1953

    In July 30, 1953, Buffett and Susan Thompson had their first child, Susan Alice.


  • New York, U.S.
    1960s

    Graham-Newman Corp

    New York, U.S.
    1960s

    Buffett worked as an investment salesman; from 1954 to 1956 at Graham-Newman Corp.


  • Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    Thursday Dec 16, 1954

    Second Child

    Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    Thursday Dec 16, 1954

    In December 16, 1954, Buffett and Susan Thompson had their second child, Howard Graham.


  • Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1956

    Buffett Partnership

    Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1956

    Buffett created Buffett Partnership, Ltd in 1956.


  • Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1956

    A Securities Analyst at Buffett Partnership

    Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1956

    Buffett worked as a securities analyst; from 1956 to 1969 at Buffett Partnership, Ltd.


  • Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    Sunday May 04, 1958

    Third Child

    Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    Sunday May 04, 1958

    In May 4, 1958, the Buffetts' third child, Peter Andrew, was born.


  • U.S.
    1960

    Seven Partnerships

    U.S.
    1960

    By 1960, Buffett operated seven partnerships.


  • U.S.
    1961

    The Sanborn Map Company

    U.S.
    1961

    In 1961, Buffett revealed that 35% of the partnership's assets were invested in the Sanborn Map Company.


  • U.S.
    1962

    A Millionaire

    U.S.
    1962

    In 1962, Buffett became a millionaire because of his partnerships.


  • Kiewit Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1962

    Berkshire Hathaway

    Kiewit Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1962

    Buffett's firm acquired a textile manufacturing firm called Berkshire Hathaway, assuming its name to create a diversified holding company.


  • U.S.
    1966

    Buffett Closed the Partnership

    U.S.
    1966

    In 1966, Buffett closed the partnership to new money.


  • Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1970

    The Chairman

    Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1970

    Buffett has been the chairman and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway since 1970.


  • Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
    1973

    The Washington Post Company

    Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
    1973

    In 1973, Berkshire began to acquire stock in The Washington Post Company (Now, Graham Holdings Company).


  • Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
    1973

    Friendship With Katharine Graham

    Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
    1973

    Buffett became close friends with Katharine Graham, who controlled the company (The Washington Post Company) and its flagship newspaper, and joined its board.


  • Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1978

    Charlie Munger Joined Buffett

    Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1978

    In 1978, Charlie Munger joined Buffett and became vice chairman of the company.


  • Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1985

    The Mills was Sold

    Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
    1985

    In 1985, the last of the mills that had been the core business of Berkshire Hathaway was sold.


  • U.S.
    1985

    The Insurance Sector.

    U.S.
    1985

    Buffett moved the business into the insurance sector.


  • New York, U.S.
    1987

    Salomon Inc.

    New York, U.S.
    1987

    In 1987, Berkshire Hathaway purchased a 12% stake in Salomon Inc., making it the largest shareholder and Buffett a director.


  • Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
    1988

    The Coca-Cola Company

    Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
    1988

    In 1988, Buffett began buying The Coca-Cola Company stock, eventually purchasing up to 7% of the company for $1.02 billion.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday May 29, 1990

    A Billionaire

    U.S.
    Tuesday May 29, 1990

    Buffett became a billionaire when Berkshire Hathaway began selling class A shares on May 29, 1990.


  • Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
    1998

    General Reinsurance Corporation(Gen Re)

    Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
    1998

    In 1998 Buffett acquired General Re (Gen Re) as a subsidiary in a deal that presented difficulties—according to the Rational Walk investment website, "underwriting standards proved to be inadequate," while a "problematic derivatives book" was resolved after numerous years and a significant loss.


  • U.S.
    2002

    Forward Contracts

    U.S.
    2002

    In 2002, Buffett entered in $11 billion worth of forward contracts to deliver U.S. dollars against other currencies.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 01, 2002
    04:48:00 PM

    Currency Market

    U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 01, 2002

    The trade deficit induced Buffett to enter the foreign currency market for the first time in 2002.


  • Cody, Wyoming, U.S.
    Thursday Jul 29, 2004

    His wife died

    Cody, Wyoming, U.S.
    Thursday Jul 29, 2004

    Buffett's wife (Susan Buffett) died on July 29, 2004.


  • U.S.
    2006

    Marriage Again

    U.S.
    2006

    In 2006, on his 76th birthday, Buffett married his longtime companion, Astrid Menks, who was then 60 years old—she had lived with him since his wife's departure to San Francisco in 1977.


  • U.S.
    2006

    Buffett's 2001 Lincoln Town Car

    U.S.
    2006

    In 2006, Buffett auctioned his 2001 Lincoln Town Car on eBay to raise money for Girls, Inc.


  • U.S.
    2006

    Total Gain on Forward Contracts

    U.S.
    2006

    By April 2006, his total gain on these contracts (forward contracts) was over $2 billion.


  • Seattle, Washington, U.S.
    Jun, 2006

    Charity

    Seattle, Washington, U.S.
    Jun, 2006

    In June 2006, Buffett announced that he gradually would give away 85% of his Berkshire holdings to five foundations in annual gifts of stock, the largest contribution would go to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


  • U.S.
    2007

    Looking for a Successor

    U.S.
    2007

    In 2007, in a letter to shareholders, Buffett announced that he was looking for a younger successor, or perhaps successors, to run his investment business.


  • U.S.
    2008

    The Richest Man in the World

    U.S.
    2008

    In 2008, Buffett became the richest person in the world, with a total net worth estimated at $62 billion.


  • Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 02, 2008

    Obama's Campaign

    Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 02, 2008

    On July 2, 2008, Buffett attended a $28,500 per plate fundraiser for Obama's campaign in Chicago.


  • Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
    Oct, 2008

    BYD Company

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
    Oct, 2008

    In October 2008, Buffett invested $230 million for 10% of battery maker BYD Company, which runs a subsidiary of electric automobile manufacturer BYD Auto. In less than one year, the investment reaped over 500% return.


  • Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Oct, 2008

    General Electric Company (GE)

    Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Oct, 2008

    In October 2008, the media reported that Buffett had agreed to buy General Electric (GE) preferred stock.


  • Zurich, Switzerland
    2009

    Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd (Swiss Re)

    Zurich, Switzerland
    2009

    In 2009, Buffett invested $2.6 billion as a part of Swiss Re's campaign to raise equity capital.


  • Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
    2009

    Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC

    Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
    2009

    In 2009, Buffett acquired Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp for $34 billion in cash and stock.


  • London, U.K.
    2009

    The World's Greatest Money Maker

    London, U.K.
    2009

    Buffett was the subject of the BBC production The World's Greatest Money Maker (2009).


  • Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
    Feb, 2009

    Buffett Sold Some Procter & Gamble Co. Shares

    Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
    Feb, 2009

    In February 2009, Buffett sold some Procter & Gamble Co. shares from his personal portfolio.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Dec 09, 2010

    The Giving Pledge

    U.S.
    Thursday Dec 09, 2010

    On December 9, 2010, Buffett, Bill Gates, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg signed a promise they called the "Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge", in which they promise to donate to charity at least half of their wealth, and invite other wealthy people to follow suit.


  • The White House, Washington D.C., U.S.
    2011

    Presidential Medal of Freedom

    The White House, Washington D.C., U.S.
    2011

    In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


  • Armonk, New York, U.S.
    Nov, 2011

    International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)

    Armonk, New York, U.S.
    Nov, 2011

    In November 2011, it was announced that over the course of the previous eight months, Buffett had bought 64 million shares of International Business Machine Corp (IBM) stock, worth around $11 billion.


  • California, U.S.
    Dec, 2011

    Renewable Energy

    California, U.S.
    Dec, 2011

    In December 2011, Buffett's MidAmerican Energy Holdings agreed to buy a $2 billion solar energy project under development in California and a 49 percent stake in a $1.8 billion plant in Arizona, his first investments in solar power. He already owned wind farms.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 11, 2012

    Prostate Cancer

    U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 11, 2012

    On April 11, 2012, Buffett was diagnosed with stage I prostate cancer during a routine test.


  • U.S.
    May, 2012

    Media General

    U.S.
    May, 2012

    In May 2012, Buffett acquisition of Media General, consisting of 63 newspapers in the south-eastern U.S..


  • U.S.
    May, 2012

    Technology

    U.S.
    May, 2012

    In May 2012, Buffett said he had avoided buying stock in new social media companies such as Facebook and Google because it is hard to estimate future value.


  • U.S.
    Saturday Sep 15, 2012

    Treatment Cycle

    U.S.
    Saturday Sep 15, 2012

    On September 15, 2012, Buffett announced that he had completed the full 44-day radiation treatment cycle.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 16, 2015

    Hillary Clinton

    U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 16, 2015

    On December 16, 2015, Buffett endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for president.


  • U.S.
    Monday Aug 01, 2016

    Buffett Challenged Trump

    U.S.
    Monday Aug 01, 2016

    On August 1, 2016, Buffett challenged Donald Trump to release his tax returns.


  • U.S.
    Monday Oct 10, 2016
    04:40:00 PM

    Buffett's Tax Return

    U.S.
    Monday Oct 10, 2016

    On October 10, 2016, after another reference to him in the 2nd 2016 presidential debate, Buffett released his own tax return.


  • New York, U.S.
    2017

    Becoming Warren Buffett

    New York, U.S.
    2017

    Buffett was the subject of the HBO documentary feature Becoming Warren Buffett (2017).


  • U.S.
    2018

    3rd in List of Billionaire 2018

    U.S.
    2018

    In 2018, after making almost $3.4 billion donations, Buffett was ranked 3rd in the Forbes' List of Billionaire 2018.


  • Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
    May, 2018

    Buffett's Worst Investment in China

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
    May, 2018

    In May 2018, BYD's shares had a substantial fall with a total net investment loss of $9 billion. This was Buffett's worst investment in China.


  • Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
    Dec, 2019

    Buffett Sold Some Johnson & Johnson Shares

    Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
    Dec, 2019

    In February 2009, Buffett sold some Johnson & Johnson shares from his personal portfolio.


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