17 Facts About Warren Buffett And His Wealth That Will Blow Your Mind

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Warren Buffett has been incredibly successful and he’s extremely wealthy. Warren Buffett’s wealth jumped by around $12.7 billion in 2013 alone.

But how much is $12.7 billion, anyway?

And how good an investor is Warren Buffett, really? We’ve put together some facts that really put him in perspective.


1. 99% of Buffett’s wealth was earned after his 50th birthday.

50th birthday

Buffett made $62.7 billion of his $63.3 billion networth after his 50th birthday.
$60 billion — nearly 95% — is from after his 60th birthday.
Talk about long-term investment strategies.

2. Berkshire’s Book Value beat the S&P 500 in 43 out of 44 years on a 5-year rolling average basis

Warren Buffet Chart 2

From 2008 to 2013, the S&P 500 returned 128%, while Berkshire (based on book value per Class A share) returned 80%.
Berkshire Hathaway, Business Insider


3. Among legends, Buffett has the longest track record for beating the market.

Warren Buffet Chart 1

That chart shows investors compared to the S&P 500 over time. You can see the longevity of his outperformance is greater than those of other great investors.
Business Insider


4. Buffett’s net worth of $63.3 billion is greater than the combined 2013 GDP’s of Ghana and Cambodia.


Ghanas 2013 GDP was estimated to be $47,928,717,949.
Cambodias 2013 GDP was estimated to be $15,249,684,397.
Warren Buffetts wealth currently makes him the 3rd richest man.


5. In 2013, Buffett made on average $37 million per day — that’s more than what Jennifer Lawrence made the entire year.

Jenniffer Lawrence

According to Forbes, Jennifer Lawrence is the second highest paid actress in 2013 — and she is estimated to have made $34 million that year.
Warren Buffett made $37 million per day in 2013.


6. You could pay the college tuition of 6 NYU students with what Warren Buffett made in a single hour in 2013.

NYU Students

NYU is the most expensive university in the United States — four years of tuition costs $247,908.
Buffett made $1.5 million per hour in 2013.


7. Buffett made his first stock purchase the same year that Pearl Harbor was bombed.

Pearl Harbour Bombed

Warren Buffetts first stock purchase was in 1941 — he bought 3 preferred shares for himself and three for his sister at $38. The stock dropped nearly 30%, and when it finally got back up to $40 Buffett sold. A few months later, the stock soared to $200.
Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941.
Old School Value

8. Buffett has so far donated enough money in his lifetime to build 4 Apple “Spaceship” Campuses.

Apple Spaceship Campus

Buffett has donated a lifetime total of $20 billion — the second highest amount (following Bill Gates).

The Apple Campus is a $5 billion project.

9. You could increase the annual salary of every North Korean living in Pyongyang by 50% if you took Buffett’s donation to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and distributed it evenly to them.

North Koreans

North Koreas capital Pyongyang has a population of 2.843 million. And the average North Korean makes an estimated $1000-2000 per year (so we used the number $1500).
Buffett donated $2.1 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. That means that every person in Pyongyang would hypothetically get $738.65 — an amount that is 49.2% of the annual per capita earnings in North Korea.
Keep in mind, however, that Buffetts donation is in class B shares.

10. Buffett is “ready” to double his investment in renewable energy — bringing the total to an amount that could build 46 Burj Al Arab’s.

Burj Al Arab

Buffett already has $15 billion invested in solar and wind energy, and is “ready” to commit another $15 billion — which would bring the grand total up to $30 billion.
Dubai glitzy hotel, the Burj Al Arab, cost $650 million to build.


11. In 2014, a Singapore man bid $2.2 million for lunch with Warren Buffett. That amount could’ve provided 9,746 students with a calculus textbook.

Singapore Man bid for Warren buffer lunch

In case you don    have college-aged kids yet, text books are extremely expensive. The one that we used in our calculation costs $225.72.

12. Berkshire Hathaway’s cash balance is at $50 billion — that’s equal to the entire GDP of South Dakota plus 45 Airbus A318’s.


Berkshire Hathaway currently has over $50 billion in cash.
The GDP of South Dakota in 2013 was $46.732 billion.
An Airbus A318 costs $71.9 million.
Bloomberg News

13. If you invested $1000 in Berkshire Hathaway in 1970, you’d have $4.86 million today.

excited child

Berkshire Hathaway closed at $41 at the end of 1970.
On August 12, 2014, Berskshire Hathaway closed at $199,562.00.
Thats a 486,636.59% change. Youd have $4.866 million today.
Yahoo Finance

14. If you invested $1000 in Berkshire Hathaway in 1980, you’d have $531,165 today.

chinese investor

Berkshire Hathaway closed at $375 on August 12, 1980.
On August 12, 2014, Berskshire Hathaway closed at $199,562.00.
Thats a 53,116.53% change. Youd have $531,165.30 today.
Yahoo Finance


15. If you invested $1000 in Berkshire Hathaway in 1990, you’d have $28,785 today.

investor jumping

Berkshire Hathaway closed at $6,700 on August 13, 1990.
On August 12, 2014, Berskshire Hathaway closed at $199,562.00.
Thats a 2,878.54% change. Youd have $28,785.40 today.
Yahoo Finance

16. If you invested $1000 in Berkshire Hathaway in 2000, you’d have $2,218 today.

good investor steps

Berkshire Hathaway closed at $62,000 on August 11, 2000.
On August 12, 2014, Berskshire Hathaway closed at $199,562.00.
Thats a 221.87% change. Youd have $2,218.7 today.
Yahoo Finance

17. If you invested $1000 in Berkshire Hathaway the year that Warren Buffett became the majority shareholder, you’d be up to $10.50 million today.


In 1964 – the year that Buffett became a majority shareholder — the stock was valued at $19 per share.
On August 12, 2014, Berskshire Hathaway closed at $199,562.00.
Thats a 1,050,226.32% change — which would be $10.502 million.
Yahoo Finance


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