REPOST: “Warren Buffett’s Son Peter Uses Music And Philanthropy To Fight Human Trafficking”

Peter Buffet, son to one of the richest living men alive, is unknown to many. His philanthropic endeavors, however, are worth noting. Read this Forbes article to learn more:

Millions of people revere Warren Buffett for his investing acumen. Far fewer know about his son Peter Buffett’s talents.

Peter Buffett. Image credit: Forbes

On Monday at the Global Philanthropy Forum conference in Silicon Valley, Peter Buffett mixed his musical talents and his passion for improving the lives of girls and women. An Emmy Award-winning musician, Buffett debuted a new song meant to raise awareness of and inspire action against human trafficking and sexual abuse of girls and women. The song, ‘Silence is Broken’ was accompanied by video images of young girls, along with running quotes from those who are victims of abuse and trafficking. Many of the quotes were heartbreaking: “My drug-addicted uncle started to molest me, not realizing that his friend was already molesting me” – Age 7

Peter Buffett and his wife Jennifer run the NoVo Foundation, which works to empower girls and women and end violence against them.  They started the foundation in 2006 after Warren Buffett pledged to make a gift of 350,000 shares of Berkshire Hathaway to the foundation, a gift worth $1 billion at the time. In 2012, Warren Buffett doubled the gift; Berkshire Hathaway shares are given to the foundation in annual installments of 5% of the remaining shares.

“I take the phrase, ‘If you see something, say something’ very seriously,” Peter Buffett explained before singing his new song, ‘Silence is Broken’. “Sexual violence… is rarely talked about. I had to talk about what I had seen.  We’ve got to move from a transaction economy to a relationship economy. …If you can commodify the most sacred relationship between a man and woman, you can commodify anything. …. That’s got to stop.”

Buffett, who is the youngest of Warren Buffett’s three children, also talked about meeting a 15-year-old girl in the red light district in Calcutta. She had been sold for $1 when she was 10 to a man in his 60s.  Buffett wrote the song “Blood into Gold’ to tell this girl’s story.

More updates on philanthropy and music may be found on this Randy Wooten blog.


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