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Becoming Warren Buffett (2017)

The legendary investor started out as an ambitious, numbers-obsessed boy from Nebraska and ended up becoming one of the richest and most respected men in the world.

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With a net worth of over $60,000,000,000, Warren Buffett is truly a one-of-a-kind billionaire. The legendary investor still lives in his modest home in Omaha. At 86 years old, he drives to the office every morning to manage Berkshire Hathaway, the fifth largest public company in the world. But more surprising than his humble lifestyle is his moral core. The same principles of decency and integrity that helped him pile up a fortune led him to give it all away in the largest philanthropic donation in history. Becoming Warren Buffett chronicles the evolution of a boy from Nebraska who became one of the most respected men in the world, and the heroes who helped guide him along the way. By allowing access to his life and never-before-released home videos, Buffett offers a glimpse into his unique mind to help us understand what is truly important when money no longer has meaning.

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Should have been called 'Becoming Susan Buffett'
16 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

If this movie had been called "Becoming Susan Buffet", it already would have been a lot more interesting.

The contrast/interplay/tension between Susan's philanthropy (working for others, not money) and Warren's sense of "utility" (accumulating with compound interest to have a greater impact later) provides more than enough material to make an documentary that is interesting while still including the full range of biographical material.

I would have liked the film makers to push more, for example to question Buffet on some of the ethical struggles he may have faced, and his thoughts on economic structures and the role they play in helping or hindering human development and improving quality of life. It also could have benefited from having more of a look toward the future (beyond Buffet contemplating his own death); after all, this documentary on Buffet rests on the assumption that he will be a big name in the history books.

Nevertheless, a documentary that was well worth the time spent watching it.


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