There's an Important Lesson to Learn from HBO's New Warren Buffett Documentary
Being a genius only gets you so far.
BY sarah rense | Jan 31, 2017 | Film & TV
Warren Buffett did not accumulate an estimated $60.8 billion in wealth just by being an investment genius. (Only most of it.)
A new HBO documentary that premieres Monday night focuses more on Buffett as a human who was married, then divorced, then married again, and who has three children. The question filmmaker Peter Kunhardt tackles is how those personal relationships affected Buffett's business acumen. As Kunhardt told The New York Times, "I'm a non-finance guy, so I wanted to do a film about Warren the man and how Warren the man became Warren the super-successful investor."
That includes much about Buffett's relationship with his first wife, Susan, who was deeply interested in the civil rights movements and philanthropy, two issues reflected in Buffett's personal and business strategies to this day. (Buffett has pledged to give away 99 percent of his wealth, most to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.) "I was a lopsided person," Buffett says in the film. "She put me together."
In other words, find yourself a Susan before you get to worrying about the billions.