Singapore– With a net worth of more than US$60 billion, Warren Buffett is truly a one-of-a-kind billionaire. Now 86, the legendary investor still lives in a modest home in Omaha, and continues to drive himself to the office every morning to manage Berkshire Hathaway, the fourth-largest public company in the world. But more surprising than his humble lifestyle and self-effacing personality are Buffett’s moral integrity and unique mind, which drove him not only to become the most successful businessman in the world, but also an unparalleled philanthropist.

With unprecedented access to his day-to-day personal life, Becoming Warren Buffett tells the improbable story of how an ambitious, numbers-obsessed boy from Nebraska became one of the richest, most-respected men in the world. The definitive documentary on Buffett, this candid portrait sheds new light on a man who has helped shape the way Americans view capitalism and, more recently, philanthropy. Told primarily in Buffett’s own words, the film features never-before-released home videos, family photographs, archival footage and interviews with family and friends. This HBO Original Documentary

Tracing Warren Buffett’s ascent from first-time investor to business maven, the documentary delves into the highs and lows of his career and personal life, from becoming a father of three and the world’s richest businessman, to weathering the Salomon Brothers treasury bond trading scandal, which threatened his sterling reputation, and the loss of his wife and first love, Susie Thompson Buffett.

“I like numbers,” Buffet tells a group of Omaha Central High School students. “It started before I can remember.” A voracious reader, the seven-year-old read the library book “One Thousand Ways to Make $1000,” and made extra cash selling Coca-Cola, gum and newspapers as a youth. His father, a salesman who survived the Depression, was elected to Congress when Warren was 12, moving the family to Washington. Displaced and unhappy, Warren lost interest in academics and faltered, despite his love of learning and competitive spirit.

 

After attending the University of Nebraska at his father’s insistence, he interviewed for Harvard Business School and was turned down. The rejection was propitious: Buffett discovered that two of his financial idols, Ben Graham and David Dodd, taught at Columbia, and after writing them a letter, was accepted there. From Graham he learned the “two rules of investing”: “Rule #1: Never lose money. Rule #2: Never forget Rule #1.”