Warren Buffett interview

Warren Buffett interview reveals the joy of frugal-living.

  • I bought my first share at age 11 and I now regret that I started too late.
  • I bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.
Warren Buffett and his wife talk about frugal living.

Frugal living

Greed is probably man's greatest obsessive sin; what a relief to read in this Warren Buffett interview that there are still some amongst the disgustingly rich who practise frugal living.

  • I still live in the same three-bedroom house I bought after I got married 50 years ago. It doesn’t have a surrounding wall or fence.
  • I drive my own car everywhere and do not have a bodyguard.
  • I do not carry a cellphone; nor do I have a computer on my office desk.
  • I never travel by private jet, although I own the world’s largest private airline company.
  • I do not socialise with the high society crowd. After getting home I make myself some popcorn and watch TV.
  • Berkshire Hathaway owns 63 companies. I only write one letter each year to the CEOs giving them goals for the next twelve months. I never hold meetings or call them on a regular basis.


Warren Buffett added that he gives his CEOs only two rules.

  • Rule No 1: Do not lose any of your shareholders’ money.
  • Rule No 2: Do not forget rule number one.

    One could only wish that the mayors of towns in South Africa, large and small, could see themselves as CEOs like Warren Buffett.

    And that they would operate with Buffett's two rules.

    One cannot expect the nouveau riche not to flaunt their newly-found wealth but we do wish they could discover the joy of living like Warren Buffett; and not squander their ratepayers' money.

    There we can and will hold them to account.

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    Bernard Preston

    Less is more. Bernard Preston has discovered it too; the art of simple living, discovering the joy in the small things of life.

    Less THINGS and More TIME lie at the centre of the meaningful life. Reading this Warren Buffett interview just confirmed what I already knew; that a plethora of possessions is no guarantee of happiness and fulfillment.

    Growing your own Pinkerton avocado trees is not unlikely the early farming experience that Warren Buffett had.

    The joy of gardening

    Warren Buffet declares that he bought a small farm with his own savings as a teenager; he too knows the joy of gardening. 

    What's more it is the fresh vegetables and fruit from your own garden that provide you with the taste of food that is completely denied those who rely on the supermarket for their week-old fare; that can never be one of the high folate foods, rich in the vitamin that brings us sparkling wellbeing or those nutrients that keep frailty syndrome at bay.

    Doesn't the power of the photograph of Warren Buffett and his elderly wife above tell a story just as vivid as the interview?

    "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you ever need."

    - Marcus Cicero, Roman politician, lawyer and orator

    Having your own honey bee hive with a workforce like this would have Warren Buffett's approval.

    Whilst I can't boast of 63 companies, I do have ten colonies each of which has 50,000 employees. The queen lives frugally by the Warren Buffett interview rules; a simple, comfortable though not luxurious lifestyle within the hive, bringing forth abundant honey for the shareholder. We in turn care diligently for the bees that are so essential for our food chain.

    That raises an interesting moral question; should you delve into how to start beekeeping will you be exploiting all these employees? Is it unethical to take their honey in exchange for feeding them in a dearth and providing a warm, dry home?

    There would be no almonds, for example, were there no beekeepers exploiting their pets ability to pollinate the flowers in California; nor blueberries or macadamias either. Would it also not be just as wicked to eat the fruit and nuts from these trees as for me to enjoy the honey? Some have a tender conscience about such matters; I'm not knocking them. Warren Buffett would agree wholeheartedly that we should care for the environment.

    This kind of sustainable backyard living is for anyone looking for more of the simple carefree lifestyle that Warren Buffett promotes.

    These ten hives produce over 500 bottles of honey each year; I often wonder why folk are so reluctant to keep bees. It has been an absorbing hobby of over sixty years that has produced a return that multiplied by 63 would have made me into a millionaire several times over; not in Warren Buffett's league though.

    More important than the honey is the pollination service they provide for free.

    Bees feeding hungrily on a sunflower

    It is estimated that roughly one quarter of the food we humans consume is pollinated by honeybees.

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