How Rich Was Warren Buffett at Your Age?

By Van & Stuyvesant

Billionaire Warren Buffett is known as one of the richest investors in the world, with a net worth that seems to grow by the day. But the “Oracle of Omaha” wasn’t always as filthy rich as he is today. In fact, about 99.7 percent of his immense wealth was earned after his 52th birthday.

Here’s a look at Warren Buffett’s net worth and earnings and also the median household income provided by data from the U.S. Census Bureau throughout the years. Find out exactly how rich Warren Buffett was at your age and compared with the rest of America during that time.That doesn’t mean Buffett, 84, was a late bloomer in any sense. He started his financial path toward wealth at a very young age and built his fortune slowly over the years, decade by decade — something we can all do with a little perseverance and a lot of hard work.

Buffett was born in 1930, at the height of the Great Depression, and showed a savvy business acumen as a child. At 11 years old, he was already buying stock: multiple shares of Cities Service Preferred for $38 apiece. When he was just a teenager, he filed his first tax return, delivered newspapers and owned multiple pinball machines placed in various businesses. By the time he graduated high school, Buffett had already bought a stake in a 40-acre farm in Omaha, Neb.

Legend has it that during his younger years Buffett once said, quite prophetically, that he would be a millionaire by age 30, “and if not, I am going to jump off the tallest building in Omaha.”

Here’s a look at Warren Buffett’s net worth and earnings and also the median household income provided by data from the U.S. Census Bureau throughout the years. Find out exactly how rich Warren Buffett was at your age and compared with the rest of America during that time.

Billionaire Warren Buffett is known as one of the richest investors in the world, with a net worth that seems to grow by the day. But the “Oracle of Omaha” wasn’t always as filthy rich as he is today.

In fact, 99 percent of his immense wealth was earned after his 50th birthday, reports Business Insider.

That doesn’t mean Buffett, 84, was a late bloomer in any sense. He started his financial path toward wealth at a very young age and built his fortune slowly over the years, decade by decade — something we can all do with a little perseverance and a lot of hard work.

Warren Buffett’s wealth through the years

Buffett was born in 1930, at the height of the Great Depression, and showed a savvy business acumen as a child. At 11 years old, he was already buying stock: multiple shares of Cities Service Preferred for $38 apiece. When he was just a teenager, he filed his first tax return, delivered newspapers and owned multiple pinball machines placed in various businesses. By the time he graduated high school, Buffett had already bought a 40-acre farm in Omaha, Neb., and sold his pinball machine venture for $1,200.

Legend has it that during his younger years Buffett once said, quite prophetically, that he would be a millionaire by age 30, “and if not, I am going to jump off the tallest building in Omaha.”

Here’s a look at Warren Buffett’s net worth and earnings (according to Dividend.com) and also the median household income provided by data from the U.S. Census Bureau throughout the years. Find out exactly how rich Warren Buffett was at your age and compared with the rest of America during that time.

Warren Buffett’s 20s: the first $100,000

After graduating college, Buffett worked for his father’s brokerage firm as a stockbroker. When Buffett was 21, his net worth was shy of $20,000, reports Dividend.com.

Warren Buffett’s 30s: millionaire status

When he reached 30 years of age, Buffett’s net worth was $1 million. In 1960, the average family income in the U.S. was $5,600 per year. Compared with Buffett’s $1 million net worth at the time, men who were working full time only made $5,400.

Warren Buffett’s 40s: bounces back from financial troubles

By age 43, Buffett’s personal net worth was at a high of $34 million. He used some of this capital the year prior to purchase See’s Candies for $25 million, reports The Motley Fool, and it became an investment that’s still profitable in 2015. But, the mid-1970s proved to be a rough period for Berkshire. By 1974, its decreasing share price lowered Buffett’s net worth to $19 million when he reached 44, reports Dividend.

Warren Buffett’s 50s: becoming a billionaire

Buffett’s net worth in 1982 was $376 million and increased to $620 million in 1983, according to Dividend. In 1986, at 56 years old, Buffett became a billionaire — all while earning a humble $50,000 salary from Berkshire Hathaway