The portrayal of one of the wealthiest and most highly respected American businessmen aired January 30 on HBO. “Becoming Warren Buffett” chronicles the life and times of Buffett, now 86 years old. The film gives insight into his childhood and how he came to amass such great wealth with the wisdom he uses in daily operations.

 

Buffett is said to be worth more than $60 billion but apparently is very much a man of routine. He enjoys his breakfast sandwich each morning from McDonald’s, drives the same five-minute route to the office each day, and lives in the same home he bought back in 1958. Even for a man of such incredible wealth, he does not appear to live to enjoy his money via hired servants and a ritzy lifestyle. He seems to live more like an ordinary man.

 

Yet, his life has been anything but ordinary. With an entrepreneurial spirit and analytical mind that loved number crunching, Buffett worked hard and smart in order to achieve the status he enjoys today. Buffett the businessman has always been a success. Buffett the family man, not as much. He admits relationships are harder for him to figure out, so naturally, he gravitated toward what he knew and loved as a businessman.

 

 

The documentary is directed by Peter Kunhardt and produced by Teddy and George Kunhardt of Kunhardt Films — the father and sons who specialize in making documentaries for HBO. The film on Buffett can be viewed as somewhat of a tribute to him and is mostly told in his own words. It also gives us a glimpse of what it looks like to be a billionaire. It looks a lot like just being human.

 

Buffett is known for making wise business decisions and also for taking risks others might not be willing to take. He is credited with making what is believed to be the biggest philanthropic donation ever given in history. He is clearly not a man in love with his money. He has instead made his money work for him, and it has paid off handsomely.

 

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