Warren Buffett Says Dynastic Wealth 'Is Not Desirable' — and He Just Donated $870 Million to Charities Ahead of Thanksgiving The majority of the gift will go to the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, which is named after his late wife.

By Amanda Breen

Key Takeaways

  • Warren Buffett continues his tradition of giving away his massive wealth.
  • Buffett and his children believe that dynastic wealth "is not desirable," but "capitalism has worked wonders."
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Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, continues to give away his massive fortune, estimated to be around $120 billion.

Buffett announced that he will donate about $870 million to four family-run foundations ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, CNN Business reported.

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The donations will be made in the form of shares, with the majority going to the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, named after his late wife. The foundation will receive 1.5 million shares.

Additionally, another 900,000 Class B shares will be divided evenly among three charities run by Buffett's children: the Sherwood Foundation, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the NoVo Foundation, per CNBC.

This is not the first time Buffett has made such substantial contributions. Last year, he donated about $750 million to the same foundations and has made similar donations yearly since 2006.

In a letter to shareholders on Tuesday, Buffett wrote that he and his children "have a common belief that dynastic wealth, though both legal and common in much of the world including the United States, is not desirable."

"We also agree that capitalism — whatever its weaknesses, including the vast disparities in wealth and political influence that it delivers somewhat capriciously to its citizens — has worked wonders and continues to work wonders," he continued.

Related: Berkshire Hathaway Reports 18% Gain in Operating Profit, With Its Cash Pile at Record $149 Billion

Buffett's philanthropy extends beyond these donations. Berkshire Hathaway recently reported a surge in third-quarter operating earnings and a record-high cash pile of $157 billion, per CNN. As the 93-year-old remains in control of the sprawling company, he named Greg Abel, the head of Berkshire Hathaway's non-insurance business, as his successor in 2021.

Amanda Breen

Entrepreneur Staff

Features Writer

Amanda Breen is a features writer at Entrepreneur.com. She is a graduate of Barnard College and received an MFA in writing at Columbia University, where she was a news fellow for the School of the Arts.

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