Buffett’s the World’s Richest Man

March 7, 2008


Warren Buffett is now the richest man in the world with an estimated $62 billion mostly due to the stock price of Berkshire Hathaway (his company). Mexican Carlos Slim is now at number two with an estimated $60 billion fortune. He was number one for a little while. Bill Gates is now number three with $58 billion. He was the world’s richest man for 13 straight years.

Buffett seems to have been born with an entrepreneurial spirit. The most well-known investor bought his first stock at age 11 and he filed his first tax return at age 13 while delivering newspapers.

What can we learn from Warren Buffett? People with wealth don’t necessarily have to flaunt it. He still lives in the same house he bought in 1958 for $31,500 and drives a Cadillac DTS. He will give away most of his fortune at his death to charity with 83% going to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He currently gives 5% of his shares in Berkshire Hathaway to charity every year.

The principles of biblical finances applies even to unbelievers. The principle of sowing and reaping applies because it is God’s law. God blesses those who give, but that shouldn’t be the reason we give! We give because we love God.

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