How You Can Have the Same Net Worth as Warren Buffett!

Warren Buffett is arguably the greatest investor of our time. The “Oracle of Omaha” has built a successful empire by investing in what he knows.

Buffett first became a millionaire in 1962 when his share of partnerships went over the million-dollar-mark. By 1990, Buffett would reach billionaire status.

Buffett worked hard, invested smartly, and continued to reinvest earnings into more and more profitable business opportunities that would continue to yield positive results.

Buffett was – and still is – considered an investing genius.

Buffett’s Net Worth

According to Wikipedia, Buffett was ranked as the second richest man in the world in 2009:

In 2008 he was ranked by Forbes as the richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of approximately US$62 billion. In 2009, after donating billions of dollars to charity, Buffett was ranked as the second richest man in the United States with a net worth of $37 billion with only Bill Gates ranked higher than Buffett. His net worth is up to $47 billion in the past 12 months.

Can you imagine being worth $47 billion dollars? Some of us would be elated with $4,700!

One Day You’ll Have the Same Net Worth

Yes, you read that right. You will have the same net worth as Warren Buffett some day.

It won’t be because of a get-rich-quick scheme, or by winning the lottery. And it won’t be because you invented some really cool piece of technology that takes the world by storm.

So, what would help you equal Warren Buffett’s net worth?

One minute after Warren Buffett passes away, his net worth will be $0!

Sure, his estate will be worth a hefty amount, but his own personal net worth will not. He’ll leave this earth the same way he entered it – with nothing!

We’ve heard there are two guarantees in life – death and taxes. We are all terminal.

We will all face death one day. And when we do, all slates are even. None of us can take a single item with us into the life after.

What Difference Should This Make in Our Lives?

This should have a profound impact on us. Think about it – you will one day enter eternity just like one of the richest men in this world – bringing nothing with you.

All the money, business success, and fame will pass away at that time, leaving us with the same net worth as Warren Buffett.

So how should we live with this in mind?

What Are Your Thoughts?

What else would you add to the list of differences this should make in our lives?

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  1. David

    I have always agreed with store up your treasures in heaven, not on earth. That is what is written. One thing that my father always said that stuck with me is ..Have you ever seen a U-Haul being pulled behind a hurst?.. I may have misspelled that car. My biggest problem is I have had 28 surgeries major stroke at the age of 36 and have awakened paralyzed several times. I have severe cervical and spinal stenosis, neuropathy in my face and legs , many other diagnosis’s and the latest at age 46 vascular demencia. Next month my caregiver who has a little girl is gig to loose our home. We do not have the money for everything due. Please pray hard.

  2. Kris

    Agreed! Thank you for sharing the Good News in a financial way.

  3. Pamela

    Yesssssss! “Momento Mori” should be written at the top of every piece of financial writing. It might contribute a little bit of sanity.

  4. Evan

    I deal with death everyday in estate planning, but this post really bummed me out lol

  5. David Newby

    I second those emotions. Great article Jason. I compare that to the story of Abraham. He was very rich–not just because of his earthly wealth, but because he had God. When we have God we are far richer than all men with earthly wealth. I say we should seek ‘riches’ (spiritual gifts) on earth as well as in Heaven.


  6. Randy Redd

    Thanks Jason – great reminder. The better question to ask is “Do I want an eternal Net Worth? If the answer is ‘YES’, then check out the Gospel of John in the New Testament, chapter 3 and verse 16.
    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, will not perish but have eternal life.”
    Not that’s what I call an eternal net worth!
    Just my thoughts,

  7. Sue

    Awesome thought, isn’t it? In Christ we are as rich as WB. God is good all the time.

  8. David

    I am rich with the love of Christ. You know I have suffered physically a lot to be 46. One thing I do not do is go around all day everyday engulfed in pity. I am going to have to accept the fact now that I am going to loose my home.
    Just pray.