Letter from Warren Buffett

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I’ve made a goal in 2012 to send thank-you cards and notes of appreciation to people and businesses I admire. Writing these is my way of spreading kindness and joy.

Sometimes they write back. Just ask Pen Pal from Northeastern Colorado who wrote a blog last Oct about receiving a response from the author Clive Cussler.

Like Warren Buffett. For many years I have admired Mr. Buffett for his practicality, his business sense and his money savvy as well as his down-to-earth personality (from what I’ve read). I also happen to agree with many of his political opinions. So I wrote a brief thank you note, googled his business address and sent the note to him. A month or so later, I received this response.

“Jackie- Thanks for your note. It made my day. Best wishes, Warren E. Buffett.”
Who have you written to recently?



  1. gjoe on March 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Now that is awesome! Taking the time to hand write you a response.

  2. James on March 5, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Posted this to reddit and someone made the observant comment:

    Assuming his net worth is $39 billion (2011) and he has lived for 2554416000 seconds (ausgust 30, 2011) he has 'earned' around $15.26 a second averaged over his entire life.
    If it took two minutes to open and read this then pen out a reply and sign it then resend it, it has a sort of opportunity cost of about $1832.12.
    For two minutes of his time.

  3. Stephanie Knox Cubbon on March 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Hi Jackie,

    Thank you for sharing this! This will give me inspiration for my little project, My Year of Letters (myyearofletters.blogspot.com). For the past 8 months, I have been writing at least one handwritten letter or postcard a day, with the intention of carrying this activity out for the year (or longer!). To date, it has mostly involved friends and family, with a few letters to members of Congress. It has crossed my mind to write to "celebrities" or people who have greatly influenced my life or way of thinking, but do date I haven't done so. Your post will inspire me to head in that direction. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Best wishes,


  4. Julie (O-kami) on March 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Very cool. That is worth framing.

  5. DB on March 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    This is awesome. I love the insight into his sense of humor that he sent the note to you on funny letterhead "Not a recent likeness" is hysterical!

  6. Karla on April 30, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Love this idea. We could all use an unexpected surprise in the form of a nice note or letter of appreciation in the mail. 🙂

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