Becoming Warren Buffett

Becoming Warren Buffett

2017, Biography  -   7 Comments
Ratings: 7.28/10 from 76 users.

Warren Buffett is one of the wealthiest people in the world. The secrets behind his success form the spine of the feature-length HBO documentary Becoming Warren Buffett. In contrast to his tremendous wealth and influence, Buffett possesses a good-natured human touch. He drives himself to work every day, and even stops by the local McDonalds for an inexpensive breakfast sandwich along the way. To this day, he continues to reside in his hometown of Omaha, NE.

But behind the pleasantly unassuming exterior, he is one of history's most brilliant businessmen. His ambitions began at an early age. Armed with a deep love of numbers and a desire to be his own boss, he traveled door to door selling newspapers, bubble gum and soda pop as a youngster. He filed his first tax return at the age of 13, and started selling stocks at the age of 20.

He encountered his share of hurdles along the way, including social awkwardness, a profound fear of public speaking and a mixed academic record. Through sheer determination and hard work, he overcame his shortcomings and eventually became the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, a holding company that owns some of the globe's most recognizable businesses.

The film features interviews with Buffett's family members, friends, and business colleagues whose comments complete the circle of his complicated narrative.

The centerpiece of the film, however, is a revealing conversation with the man himself. Buffet is never less than candid, and expresses appreciation for those who empowered him to succeed in his personal and business-related pursuits. In his plain-spoken, humble and folksy manner, he sheds light on what it takes to achieve and maintain wealth in all aspects of life. We share in his joy when he reflects on the great luck of meeting his wife and buying his first home, and the commitment he feels towards the cause of philanthropy. In fact, Buffett has committed the vast majority of his fortune to charitable organizations, and urges other billionaires to do the same.

Becoming Warren Buffett is a moving and relatable portrait of one of the world's most fascinating and influential figures.

Directed by: Peter W. Kunhardt

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7 Comments / User Reviews

  1. kobe

    The best documentary i have seen so far. Maybe it's me but i really loved it. It shows you a part of his thinking process and his passion for what he does. He must have had an amazing life doing what he loves each day.


    i really loved his thinking

  3. Prof. Petra I. Hernandez SUNY, Hunter College and U of Chicago and UPRUPR

    I wonder why we did not choose this noble man instead of Trump for President? Here is a man who is "a good man who also happens to know something about his profession". Thank God we now have Biden.
    And I think I do know why we didn't choose this noble man instead of Trump; simply because half of the US population seems to be not Noble, either. We must become human beings with values once again. Or is it that half of us have lost our Spirit somewhere along the way? I ask.

    1. joe hono

      Audio keeps cutting out at random places toward the end.
      Otherwise a great doc.
      Buffet's biggest mistake was getting involved with the Gates.
      Hope history is kind to him.

    2. David Dieni

      You are a professor and you still don't get it?

      Oscar Wilde 1898

      "The majority of people spoil their lives by unhealthy and exaggerated altruism – are forced, indeed, so to spoil them. They find themselves surrounded by hideous poverty, by hideous ugliness, by hideous starvation. It is inevitable that they should be strongly moved by all this. The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man’s intelligence; it is much more easy to have sympathy with suffering than it is to have sympathy with thought. Accordingly, with admirable, though misdirected intentions, they very seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they see. But their remedies do not cure the disease: they merely prolong it. Indeed, their remedies are part of the disease.

      They try to solve the problem of poverty, for instance, by keeping the poor alive; or, in the case of a very advanced school, by amusing the poor.

      But this is not a solution: it is an aggravation of the difficulty. The proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible. And the altruistic virtues have really prevented the carrying out of this aim. Just as the worst slave-owners were those who were kind to their slaves, and so prevented the horror of the system being realised by those who suffered from it, and understood by those who contemplated it, so, in the present state of things in England, the people who do most harm are the people who try to do most good; as charity also degrades and demoralises and creates a multitude of sins.

      There is also this to be said. It is immoral to use private property in order to alleviate the horrible evils that result from the institution of private property. It is both immoral and unfair. In fact any man who submits to the deprivations of private property must be extraordinarily stupid, to begin with"

      What is private property?

      Let us go back even further to Jean Jacques Rousseau, and The origins of inequality 1754
      “The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, and said "this is mine," and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows, “Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.”

      A nobleman; is the freeman who opposes tyrants and has earned his no one is going to hand it to you.

      What mental gymnastics are involved in opining the loss of our humanity, while thanking god for another genocidal war criminal as president?

      The extinction of all life will be caused by psychotic delusional denial

  4. darren

    you cant take it with you,but geez what a scorecard he amassed.

  5. Maria

    A truly amazing human being!