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LIVE from the NYPL: Warren Buffett | Howard G. Buffett | Howard W. Buffett | Tom Brokaw
Three generations of philanthropists sit down to discuss business, charity, farming, and their 40 Chances in life, moderated by Tom Brokaw.
If you had the resources to accomplish something great in the world, what would you do? That's the question legendary investor Warren Buffett posed to his son in 2006, when he announced he was leaving the bulk of his fortune to philanthropy. Howard G. Buffett set out to help the most vulnerable people on earth—nearly a billion individuals who lack basic food security. And Howard has given himself a deadline: 40 years to put more than $3 billion to work on this challenge. 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World captures Howard's journey to make a difference in the world, and the lessons learned along the way. Warren joins his son and grandson, Howard W. Buffett, to celebrate the accomplishments so far, and embrace the new challenges ahead.
Warren E. Buffett is chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., a holding company controlled by him since 1965. Berkshire Hathaway has 76 operating businesses, with its largest sources of earnings arising from insurance and the BNSF railroad. Berkshire Hathaway has revenues of about $143 billion. Warren has pledged that all of his shares in Berkshire Hathaway – about 99% of his net worth – will be given to philanthropic endeavors. Along with Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren is a co-founder of The Giving Pledge that encourages wealthy Americans to devote at least 50% of their net worth to philanthropy. He attended Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1950 received his BS from the University of Nebraska. He earned his MS in Economics from Columbia University in 1951.
Howard G. Buffett is the Chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, a private family foundation working to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s most impoverished and marginalized populations. A farmer, businessman, philanthropist, photographer, and former elected official, Howard has dedicated his life to addressing global food insecurity and conservation. He has traveled to 130 countries documenting the challenges of preserving our biodiversity while providing adequate resources to meet the needs of a growing global population. Howard is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Against Hunger, and serves on the corporate boards of Berkshire Hathaway, The Coca-Cola Company, and Lindsay Corporation. He operates a 1,500-acre family farm in central Illinois and oversees three foundation-operated research farms, including over 1,400 acres in Arizona, 4,000 acres in Illinois, and 9,200 acres in South Africa. Howard has written extensively on conservation, wildlife, and the human condition. 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World documents the people, places, and experiences that have shaped his evolving views of the role of philanthropy in addressing the world’s most difficult challenges.
Howard W. Buffett is a lecturer in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he teaches management techniques for improving the effectiveness of foreign aid and global philanthropy. He is a trustee of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and previously served as the Foundation’s Executive Director. Prior to joining the Foundation he served in the U.S. Department of Defense overseeing agriculture-based economic stabilization and redevelopment programs in Iraq and Afghanistan. For his work, he received the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award – the highest ranking civilian honor presented by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Prior to that, Howard was a Policy Advisor for the White House Domestic Policy Council, where he co-authored and directed the President’s cross-sector partnerships strategy. He earned a BA from Northwestern University and an MPA in Advanced Management and Finance from Columbia University. He is from Omaha, Nebraska, where he and his wife operate a 400 acre no-till farm.
Tom Brokaw has reported on more than thirty documentaries covering subjects ranging from AIDS, Los Angeles gangs, race, education, medicine, immigration and global warming. He has an impressive list of firsts, including the first interview with Mikhail Gorbachev; the first network report on human rights abuses in Tibet accompanied by an exclusive interview with the Dali Lama; the only American network anchor to report from Berlin the night the Berlin wall came down. Tom Brokaw has won every major award in his craft, including Peabody, Duponts, Emmys and lifetime achievement recognition.
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