The World's Greatest Philanthropists

The ovarian lottery

An extract of Story 6 from Forty Chances, this chapter summarises the genesis of the Buffett family's philanthropy

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Published 7 years ago on Jul 19, 2014 9 minutes Read

When my mother, Susan Thompson Buffett, did the first, last, and only television interview of her entire life with PBS’s Charlie Rose in 2004, she had recently recovered from oral cancer. Some who saw the interview noticed her slight speech impediment and thought that perhaps she had suffered a stroke, but that was not it. She had made great strides in learning to speak again after her surgeries, but it was still a struggle.