Warren Edward Buffett (born August 30, 1930) is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is widely
considered the most successful investor of the 20th century. Buffett is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of
Berkshire Hathaway and consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world's wealthiest
person in 2008 and as the third wealthiest person in 2011. In 2012, American magazine Time named Buffett one of the most
influential people in the world.
Buffett is called the "Wizard of Omaha", "Oracle of Omaha", or the "Sage of Omaha" and is noted for his adherence to the
value investing philosophy and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth. Buffett is also a notable
philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes, primarily via the Gates
Foundation. On April 11, 2012, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, for which he completed treatment in September 2012.
Buffett’s speeches are known for mixing business discussions with humor. Each year, Buffett presides over Berkshire
Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting in the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska, an event drawing over 20,000 visitors from
both United States and abroad, giving it the nickname “Woodstock of Capitalism”. Berkshire’s annual reports and letters to
shareholders, prepared by Buffett, frequently receive coverage by the financial media. Buffett’s writings are known for
containing quotations from sources as ranging between the Bible and Mae West, as well as advice in a Midwestern folk style,
and numerous jokes.