The Greater Atlanta community was proud to debut “A Concert & Conversation” featuring Peter Buffett at Morehouse College on October 18. 

The evening began with an original piano composition titled “(Searching For) A Place Called Home,” accompanied by cellist Michael Kott. This opening number set the stage for Peter to walk the audience through his experience growing up as a child of billionaire investor, Warren Buffett. He revealed it wasn’t until his twenties that he and his siblings knew of their father’s amassed fortune, primarily due to the first publication of the Forbes 400 list.

 

Nevertheless, Peter was still encouraged to pursue his passions – which happened to lie in music, not the family business at Berkshire Hathaway. This journey led him to San Francisco, where he began producing commercial spots for MTV. He scored the pivotal scene in Dances with Wolves after sending Kevin Costner a cassette tape of his work.  

In 2006, his father famously announced his plan to give away his wealth. As a result, Peter and his wife, Jennifer, found themselves with $1 billion to invest philanthropically. This event changed their entire outlook on addressing social problems, both domestically and abroad. To learn more about his philosophies, hear Peter’s “Share Your Why” video about the origins of his values.

After the performance, over 80 Tocqueville Society members and guests gathered for dessert and networking with Peter. The reception was hosted jointly by the African-American Partnership and Women United affinity groups, with special thanks to Wells Fargo as our sponsor.  

Atlanta is the first stop on a 14-city tour across the country, as part of a partnership with United Way Worldwide. Upcoming destinations include Denver, Miami, New York, and his hometown of Omaha. 

#WhyWednesday: Peter Buffett

At the United for the Future Concert & Conversation on October 18, United Way of Greater Atlanta hosted a special guest – philanthropist and Emmy award-winning musician Peter Buffett. During the event, Peter spoke of his journey from musician to advocate and engaged the audience in a conversation about how we as a community can work together toward the common good.

Today, hear Peter Buffett’s why: The inspiration behind his work at the NoVo Foundation.

You don’t have to have Warren Buffett for a father to have a great philanthropy story. When you give your time, talent and yes – your dollars – with United Way, you’re making a lasting impact in Greater Atlanta. So, what’s your “why”? Share your story and inspire others to live united.

Not many people can lay claim to the accolades of an Emmy Award-winning composer, New York Times Bestselling author and co-president of an international foundation. Even fewer still can call renowned investor Warren Buffett their father.

Meet Peter Buffett. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Peter began his career in San Francisco writing music for commercials. After recording four albums for Narada Records, Peter signed with Epic and then Hollywood Records resulting in four additional releases. His Emmy-winning album, titled Ojibwe, was released on his own label, BisonHead.

Highlights of his film and television work include the fire dance scene in the Oscar-winning film Dances With Wolves and the entire score for 500 Nations, the 8-hour miniseries produced by Kevin Costner for CBS. Peter is the author of Life Is What You Make It, which debuted at No. 4 on the New York Times Best Seller Hardcover Advice list.

Peter Buffett is also the co-president of NoVo Foundation and co-chair of its Board of Directors. In partnership with his wife, Jennifer, he helps to guide NoVo’s vision, strategic mission, and program development. The NoVo Foundation seeks to empower girls by transforming a world of domination and exploitation to one of collaboration and partnership. Though they have been active philanthropists since 1997, NoVo was created in 2006 after Warren Buffett pledged to donate 350,000 shares of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. stock to the foundation.

After more than thirty years working as a musician, writer and philanthropist, Peter Buffett has a captivating story to tell – and he wants to share it with you. United Way of Greater Atlanta is honored to welcome Peter on stage for “A Concert & Conversation.” This performance combines live music, narrative insights and audience participation on topics related to human rights, civil rights and individual legacy-building.