Susan Alice Buffett

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Susan Alice Buffett
Born (1953-07-30) July 30, 1953 (age 69)
Allen Greenberg
(m. 1983; div. 1995)
Parent(s)Warren Buffett
Susan Thompson
RelativesHoward Buffett (grandfather)
Howard Graham Buffett (brother)
Peter Buffett (brother)
Howard Warren Buffett (nephew)
Doris Buffett (aunt)

Susan Alice Buffett (born July 30, 1953)[1] is an American philanthropist who is the daughter of Warren Buffett. 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[2] and social justice in the interest of promoting the welfare of children from lower-income families.[2][3] She is also on the boards of the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation,[4][circular reference] The Buffett Early Childhood Institute, and Girls, Inc.[5] According to a 2010 interview with her brother Howard Graham Buffett, Buffett's philanthropic focus has consistently remained on children, education[6] 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.[7]


Born in Omaha in 1953, Buffett, commonly called Susie, is the eldest child of Warren Buffett.[1][8][9]

She attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where she majored in home economics, and studied at the University of California, Irvine, where she majored in social ecology.[10]

Her parents separated in the late 1970s (though they remained married until her mother's death in 2004).[9] Despite his wealth, Warren Buffett encouraged his children to be financially independent; Susan Buffett recalled in 2006 that in spite of her father's generosity, he once refused her a personal loan of $41,000 to expand her kitchen.[3] Her foundation, however, was funded primarily by $1 billion in shares from her father, Warren Buffett.[11]

In 1983, Buffett wed Allen Greenberg, a lawyer for Public Citizen, whom she had met in Washington.[12] The couple divorced in 1995.[13]

In 1987, Greenberg became the first director of the Buffett Foundation, a title he retained after the couple's divorce.[13]


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  2. ^ a b "Wife of Warren Buffett, the world's second richest man, dies". The Star. July 30, 2004. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Exclusive: Buffett Kids React to Dad's Donation". Good Morning America. June 29, 2006. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  4. ^ "Buffett Foundation".
  5. ^ a b Jordan, Steve (May 1, 2010). "Foundation spending likely to increase along with stock". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  6. ^ "About". The Sherwood Foundation. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  7. ^ Noon, Chris (December 19, 2005). "Bono Stops Over In Buffett Land After Concert". Forbes. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  8. ^ de Waal, Mandy (January 2009). "Warren Buffett -- Playing Business Like Tiger Plays Golf". BC Golf News. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  9. ^ a b Bailey, Jeff; Eric Dash (September 1, 2006). "How Does Warren Buffett Get Married? Frugally, It Turns Out". New York Times. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  10. ^ Roché, Joyce M.; Kopelman, Alexander (June 3, 2013). The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. ISBN 978-1-60994-638-8.
  11. ^ "The Kids of Business Icons: Susan Alice Buffett". Minyanville. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  12. ^ "Buffett Children Emerge as a Force in Charity". New York Times. July 2, 2006. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  13. ^ a b "The Art of Giving--When Your Resources Are Vast". Businessweek. October 25, 1999. Retrieved July 14, 2010.