A Conversation with Peter Buffett

Interviewed by Mark Matousek
February, 2014

Peter Buffett is a poet in philanthropist’s clothing. The youngest son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, Peter is an Emmy Award-winning musician, composer, and bestselling author (Life Is What You Make It) who cares far more about helping to heal the planet – particularly the plight of women and girls – than he does about ego, status, or wealth. The NoVo Foundation, which he heads with his wife, Jennifer, is dedicated to changing how things are done in what Peter called “The Charitable Industrial Complex” in an op-ed of that title for the New York Times that ruffled feathers among certain super rich. Mark talked to Peter about his personal journal and the experience of “recently becoming, publically, Warren Buffett’s son.”

 

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Mark Matousek is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man’s Search For His Lost Father, as well as When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living and Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life. A featured blogger for Psychology Today, Purple Clover, and The Huffington Post, he has contributed to numerous publications including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Yoga Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Details, AARP, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and The Saturday Evening Post. A popular lecturer, mentor, and teacher, he is on the faculty of The Omega Institute, The New York Open Center, and other institutions, as well as offering private workshops and classes internationally. He is the Creative Director of V-Men, an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls, and the founder of Mark Matousek Media, a digital publishing company whose products and editorial services focus on transformational writing, self-inquiry, and creativity. His latest book is Ethical Wisdom for Friends.