The Gift That Shook the World

Advisors often have trouble convincing the wealthy to make charitable gifts while they're still alive. Indeed, for years, Ann Landers, the famous personal advice columnist, prodded her friend Warren E. Buffett, one of the richest men in the world, to give more to charity. Buffett's tightness was a sore spot with his friends, Roger Lowenstein reported in his best-selling biography, Buffett: The Making

Advisors often have trouble convincing the wealthy to make charitable gifts while they're still alive. Indeed, for years, Ann Landers, the famous personal advice columnist, prodded her friend Warren E. Buffett, one of the richest men in the world, to give more to charity. “Buffett's tightness was a sore spot with his friends,” Roger Lowenstein reported in his best-selling biography, Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist.

According to Lowenstein, Landers was worried. “Wh

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