Susan Alice Buffett

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Susan Alice Buffett
Born 1953 (age 60–61)
Spouse(s) Allen Greenberg (1983-1995)
Parents Warren Buffett
Susan Thompson

Susan Alice Buffett (30 July 1953[1]) is the daughter of Warren Buffett. She is also an American philanthropist, her charitable work has focused largely on the Sherwood Foundation, formerly known as the Susan A. Buffett Foundation, an organization in Omaha that provides grants in public education, human services and social justice in the interest of promoting the welfare of children from lower-income families.[2][3][4] She is also on the boards of the Buffett Foundation and Girls, Inc.[2][5] According to a 2010 interview with her brother Howard Graham Buffett, Buffett's philanthropic focus has consistently remained on children, education and family issues,[5] but she has also committed to other causes, including Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa, a non-governmental organization dedicated to various improvements in Africa.[6]

Biography[edit]

Born in Omaha in 1953, Buffett, commonly called Susie, is the eldest child of Warren Buffett and his first wife, Susan Thompson Buffett.[1][7][8]

In 1954, her family relocated to New York, where her father's wealth began to rapidly accumulate.[7] By the late 1970s, the family had returned to Omaha and her parents separated (though they remained married until her mother's death in 2004).[8] Notwithstanding his wealth, Warren Buffett encouraged his children to be financially independent; Buffett recalled in 2006 that in spite of his generosity her father once refused her a personal loan of $41,000 to expand her kitchen.[4]

In 1983, Buffett wed Allen Greenberg, a lawyer for Public Citizen, whom she had met in Washington.[9] The couple divorced in 1995.[10]

In 1987, Allen became the first director of the Buffett Foundation, a title he retained after the couple's divorce.[10]

Susan Buffett is the model for multiple characters in the fiction of Jacob M. Appel, including the title character's wife in The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up and the mother in "Paracosmos" (Einstein's Beach House, 2014), as well as a running gag in his fiction that puns on the word "buffet" as in "open buffet" and "buffet table."[11][12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "From Warren Buffett's Family Album". BBC News. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Wife of Warren Buffett, the world's second richest man, dies". The Star. 30 July 2004. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "About". The Sherwood Foundation. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Exclusive: Buffett Kids React to Dad's Donation". Good Morning America. 29 June 2006. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Jordan, Steve (1 May 2010). "Foundation spending likely to increase along with stock". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Noon, Chris (19 December 2005). "Bono Stops Over In Buffett Land After Concert". Forbes. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  7. ^ a b de Waal, Mandy (January 2009). "Warren Buffett -- Playing Business Like Tiger Plays Golf". BC Golf News. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Bailey, Jeff; Eric Dash (1 September 2006). "How Does Warren Buffett Get Married? Frugally, It Turns Out". New York Times. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Buffett Children Emerge as a Force in Charity". New York Times. 2 July 2006. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "The Art of Giving--When Your Resources Are Vast". Businessweek. 25 October 1999. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Literary Forum, July 2014
  12. ^ Appel, J.M. A Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up. October 2012
  13. ^ Interview, Scarsdale News, 3 June 2014