Howard G. Buffett is Chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States. The foundation invests primarily in global food security and conflict mitigation.
Mr. Buffett manages a 1,500-acre family farm in central Illinois and farms 400 acres in Nebraska. He oversees three foundation-operated research farms in Arizona, Illinois, and Nebraska totaling 9,490 acres and for 10 years was responsible for a 9,200 acre research farm in South Africa. Mr. Buffett oversees two ranches in Arizona and one farm in Texas, all three are situated on the U.S./Mexico border.
Mr. Buffett was appointed Sheriff of Macon County, Illinois on September 15, 2017, confirmed by the Macon County Board on November 9, 2017 and will serve out his term until its expiration on November 30, 2018. He previously served as an Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff and Undersheriff with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and has served as a volunteer Deputy Commander with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona. In 2015, he was presented the National Sheriffs’ Association Medal of Merit for his support to the field of law enforcement & criminal justice. In 2016, he was named an honorary member of the National Sheriffs’ Association, and in 2017, he received the High Sheriff Award, the highest award presented by the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association.
Mr. Buffett currently serves on the corporate board of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. He has served on the boards of Archer Daniels Midland, The Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., ConAgra Foods, Lindsay Corporation, Agro Tech Foods, and Sloan Implement. He has served in several senior corporate executive positions and has served in elected office in Nebraska.
Mr. Buffett is a former member of the Commission on Presidential Debates and has served as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Against Hunger on behalf of the World Food Programme. In 2000, he received the Aztec Eagle Award from the President of Mexico, the highest honor bestowed on a foreign citizen by the Government of Mexico, and in 2017, Mr. Buffett received the Fe en la Causa Medal from the government of Colombia, the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian by the Colombian Military and the Igihango National Order of Outstanding Friendship Medal from the government of Rwanda, one of the country’s highest honors.
He has been honored over the years for his leadership and contributions to agriculture, conservation, philanthropy, and journalism; including the Will Owen Jones Distinguished Journalist of the Year Award.
He has traveled to over 150 countries and authored eight books on conservation, wildlife, and the human condition, including the New York Times bestsellers 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World and Our 50-State Border Crisis: How the Mexican Border Fuels the Drug Epidemic Across America. Mr. Buffett is the executive producer of Virunga, an award-winning and Academy Award-nominated documentary about Africa’s oldest national park.