Warren Buffett was born in 1930 in Alaska . For someone who is such an extrodinarily succussful investor , Warren Buffett comes off as a pretty ordinary guy . Ever as a young child , Buffett was pretty serious about making money . He used to go door to door and sell sada pop . At eleven years old, he bought his first stock . He had already made $5,000 by delivering newspapers when he graduated from high school . It was never his intention to go to college. He was finally persuaded to apply to Harvard Business School, but was turned down in what had to be one of the worst decisions in Harvard history .