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12 facts about Warren Buffett and his enormous wealth

Warren Buffett has been incredibly successful…

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WARREN BUFFETT HAS been incredibly successful, and he's extremely wealthy.

Warren Buffett's wealth jumped by around $12.7 billion in 2013 alone. But how much is $12.7 billion anyway?

And how good an investor is Warren Buffett really? We've put together some facts that really put him in perspective.

99% of Buffett's wealth was earned after his 50th birthday.

Buffett made $62.7 billion of his $63.3 billion net worth after his 50th birthday.

$60 billion — nearly 95% — is from after his 60th birthday.

Talk about long-term investment strategies.

Source: Fool

Berkshire's Book Value beat the S&P 500 in 43 out of 44 years on a five-year rolling average basis.

From 2008 to 2013, the S&P 500 returned 128%, while Berkshire (based on book value per Class A share) returned 80%.

Source: Berkshire Hathaway, Business Insider

Among legends, Buffett has the longest track record for beating the market.

That chart compares investors with the S&P 500 over time. You can see the longevity of Buffett's outperformance is greater than that of other great investors.

Buffett's net worth of $63.3 billion is greater than the combined 2013 GDP of Ghana and Cambodia.

Football - 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Finals - Semifinal - Ghana v Equatorial Guinea - Malabo Stadium Source: Gavin Barker

Ghana's 2013 GDP was estimated to be $47,928,717,949.

Cambodia's 2013 GDP was estimated to be $15,249,684,397.

Warren Buffett's wealth currently makes him the world's third-richest man.

In 2013, Buffett made on average $37 million per day — that's more than what Jennifer Lawrence made the entire year.

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Buffett made his first stock purchase the same year that Pearl Harbor was bombed, 1941.

buffett-made-his-first-stock-purchase-the-same-year-that-pearl-harbor-was-bombed Source: US Navy

Buffett has donated a lifetime total of $20 billion — the second-highest amount (following that of Bill Gates)

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In 2014, a Singapore man bid $2.2 million for lunch with Buffett. That amount could've provided 9,746 US college students with a calculus textbook.

in-2014-a-singapore-man-bid-22-million-for-lunch-with-buffett-that-amount-couldve-provided-9746-students-with-a-calculus-textbook Source: Flickr/alancleaver

If you invested $1,000 in Berkshire Hathaway in 1970, that amount would be $4.86 million higher today.

if-you-invested-1000-in-berkshire-hathaway-in-1970-that-amount-would-be-486-million-higher-today Source: Screengrab

If you invested $1,000 in Berkshire Hathaway in 1980, that amount would be $532,165 higher today.

if-you-invested-1000-in-berkshire-hathaway-in-1980-that-amount-would-be-532165-higher-today Source: Businessinsider

If you invested $1,000 in Berkshire Hathaway in 1990, that amount would be $29,785 higher today.

if-you-invested-1000-in-berkshire-hathaway-in-1990-that-amount-would-be-29785-higher-today Source: Gioergio/Flickr

If you invested $1,000 in Berkshire Hathaway the year that Buffett became the majority shareholder, that amount would be $10.5 million higher today.

if-you-invested-1000-in-berkshire-hathaway-the-year-that-buffett-became-the-majority-shareholder-that-amount-would-be-105-million-higher-today Source: Businessinsider

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