Howard Graham Buffett is not just the son of one of the world’s richest men, Warren Buffett. He is also a multifaceted personality who has excelled in various fields such as business, politics, agriculture, conservation, photography, and philanthropy. He has served as a director of several prominent companies, a county commissioner, a sheriff, and a board member of the Commission on Presidential Debates. He has also travelled to more than 130 countries and authored eight books. He is the founder and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which focuses on improving global food security, public safety, and conflict mitigation. He is also an advocate of no-till conservation agriculture and a passionate wildlife photographer. He is named after his grandfather Howard Buffett, a businessman and politician, and Benjamin Graham, a renowned economist and investor.
Date of birth
December 16, 1954
Place of birth
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Marcia Sue Duncan
Warren Buffett and Susan Thompson
Susan Alice Buffett and Peter Buffett
Howard Warren Buffett
Farmer, businessman, author, former politician, philanthropist, photographer, and conservationist
Director of several companies, including Berkshire Hathaway, The Coca-Cola Company, Archer Daniels Midland Company, ConAgra Foods, and Lindsay Corporation.
County Commissioner of Douglas County, Nebraska (1989-1992), Chairman of the Nebraska Ethanol Authority and Development Board (1989-1991), Board Member of the Commission on Presidential Debates, Sheriff of Macon County, Illinois (2017-2018)
Chairman and CEO of Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which focuses on global food security, public safety and conflict mitigation.
Published eight books of his photographs and essays on various topics, such as wildlife conservation, human trafficking, and border security
Owns and operates a 1,500-acre family farm in Illinois
Supports several initiatives to protect endangered species and habitats, such as the International Rhino Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, and the Virunga National Park
Awards and honors
An honorary PhD from Lincoln College and Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from Penn State University; received the highest honors conferred on a foreign national by the Mexican; Igihango medal by Rwandan governments; named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Against Hunger; the World Ecology Award; George McGovern Leadership Award; National Farmers Union Meritorious Service to Humanity Award; Columbia University Global Leadership Award; Leader in Agriculture Award from Agriculture Future of America, and Special Service Award from the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development, and the International Quality of Life Award; among others.
Howard Graham Buffett was born on the 16th of December 1954. Born to Warren Buffet and Susan Thompson, Howard is the middle child. He is preceded by an older sister, Susan, and a younger brother, Peter. Howard Graham was named after his grandfather Howard Buffett and Warren’s mentor Benjamin Graham. Growing up Howard followed his father around and wanted to work in the field of business. After finishing high school in 1947, Howard attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He later joined the Columbia Business School and graduated with a master’s degree in business.
Howard’s first involvement in the business world was as a farmer. He began farming in 1977 in Tekamah, Nebraska. The $760,000 plot was purchased by Warren, but Howard had to pay rent to his father. This proved to be a great lesson for Howard who was taught to take nothing for granted. His first involvement in the corporate world came in 1992 when he served as Corporate Vice President and Assistant to the Chairman of Archer Daniels Midland Company.
Over the years, Howard worked in several roles in varying capacities and served as the Director of Archer Daniels Midland Company from 1991 to 1995, Director of the Board of Directors of The GSI Group from 1995 to 2001, Director of Conagra Foods from 2002 to 2006, Director of Agro Tech Foods Ltd. until October 26, 2006, and Director at Sloan Implement. Howard has been a longtime director of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc, a position he has held since 1992. He is also the Director of The Coca-Cola Company and has been there since the 9th of December 2010. He also served as the director of Coca-Cola Enterprises 1993 to 2004.
When asked about his three children, Warren has said that he would like Howard to follow his footsteps. In an interview with CBS in December of 2011, Warren said that he wanted Howard to succeed him as the non-executive chairman of Berkshire Hathaway’s
Politics and Other Involvements
Apart from his exploits in the business world, Howard is actively involved in politics. He served as the County Commissioner of Douglas County, Nebraska, from 1989 to 1992, and was also named as the Chairman of the Nebraska Ethanol Authority and Development Board from 1989 to 1991. Howard also served as a sheriff Macon County, Illinois and was sworn on the 15th of September 2017.
Over the years, Howard has released quite a few numbers of books dedicated to his life and interest. Most of his writings have been centered around wildlife around the world and their preservation. Images of the Wild, On The Edge: Balancing Earth’s Resources, Tapestry of Life, Our 50-State Border Crisis: How the Mexican Border Fuels the Drug Epidemic Across America, and Forty Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World are just a few titles under his belt.
Howard has been married two times and also has a son. He married Marcia Sue Duncan in August of 1977, but the pair divorced and Howard got together with Devon Morse. The pair have a son Howard Warren Buffett who was born on October 14, 1983.
As of 2023, Howard Buffett’s net worth is estimated to be over $500 million. His sources of income are:
His private investment firm, Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
His executive positions at several major corporations, such as the Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, the Coca-Cola Company, ConAgra Foods, and Berkshire Hathaway.
His books on conservation, agriculture, and photography, which he has written and co-written eight so far.
His 1,500-acre farm in Illinois.
Controversies and rumors
Even though he is a successful businessman, philanthropist, and farmer, he has also faced controversies and rumors in his career. They are:
In the 1970s, he was involved in the acquisition of Wesco Financial Corporation, which was investigated by the SEC for possible violations of securities laws. He and his partner Charlie Munger had to pay $115,000 to Wesco shareholders as a settlement.
In 1977, he bought the Buffalo Evening News, which sparked an antitrust lawsuit from a rival newspaper. He eventually won the case, but not without damaging his reputation in the media industry.
In 1990, he was implicated in the Salomon Brothers scandal, when one of the firm’s traders admitted to submitting false bids for U.S. Treasury bonds.
In 2010, he was named as the successor of his father as the non-executive chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, a move that raised some eyebrows among investors and analysts. Some questioned his qualifications and experience for the position, while others wondered if he would be able to maintain his father’s legacy and vision.
In 2019, Phoenix New Times reported that Howard Buffett used his dad’s money to join a police force in Arizona. He may have done this to fight against people crossing the border or smuggling drugs. He also had or gave away many guns and tried to kill plants in the area.