If you had the resources to do something great in the world, what would you do?
Legendary investor Warren Buffett posed this challenge to his son in 2006, when he announced he was leaving the bulk of his fortune to philanthropy. Howard G. Buffett set out to help the most vulnerable people on earth – nearly a billion individuals who lack basic food security. This is the story of his riveting and often high-adrenaline journey. Howard has given himself a deadline: 40 years to put more than $3 billion to work on this challenge.
40 CHANCES: Finding Hope in a Hungry World by Howard G. Buffett chronicles Howard’s journey as a philanthropist, a photographer, and perhaps most importantly, as a farmer with a deep understanding of what it takes to produce food in difficult conditions. But he applies the lessons he learns to everyone: We each have 40 chances to accomplish our goals in life and do our best work, whatever our passions may be.
Beginning with Howard’s love of farming, readers join him and his son, Howard W. Buffett, as they travel the world seeking out new approaches to ease the suffering of so many. In 40 stories that provide readers a compelling look at Howard’s life, ranging from his own farm to some of the most difficult and dangerous places on Earth, 40 CHANCES inspires readers to realize that our time to follow our passions is finite; if we’re not learning from our mistakes and being smarter and more productive every year, we’re wasting valuable time.
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President Bill Clinton
42nd President of the United States
Howard Buffett’s account of his long battle against food insecurity conveys his deep respect for poor farmers and his conviction that they can be empowered to feed the world. His work is amazing and will inspire you to join his crusade.
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 – 2007
This book is like Howard himself: inspiring, positive, and full of great stories. If you ever find yourself doubting that we can change the world for the better, read this and your optimism will return.
Businessman and Philanthropist
Howard has three passions: his devotion to the fight against hunger and misery; his love for farming; and his ability as a photographer and writer to share his amazing journey. Through the stories in 40 Chances, Howard invites all of us to join his efforts to fight poverty.
Actress and Philanthropist
Whether we are driving his combine in Illinois, meeting with farmers in Guatemala, walking across the border from Mexico to the US, or indulging in our shared love for Dairy Queen, a day spent with Howard Buffett is one spent learning and laughing. Howard’s intellect is only surpassed by the size of his heart. This book will give readers a chance to learn from him in the way that I have and form their own plan for making the most of the 40 Chances we all have.
Former US Secretary of Agriculture
The Jewish Talmud teaches that if you save one life you save the entire world. Howard Buffett has lived this prescription, and in the process has saved the world many times over. 40 Chances illustrates that his commitment and passion to help folks out of poverty, at home and especially in the developing world, has had a remarkable and measurable impact on the lives of farmers and rural citizens worldwide. 40 Chances should be a primer for all our citizens on how one man has the passion to save the world, and how we can all follow his lead in our own way.