His fortune and business savvy makes him one of the most influential people in the world, and his personality makes him one of the most fascinating. He started his career early on, personally investing just $100 dollars of his own money. Over the next 13 years the investments of Buffett Associates would shoot up by 30% year after year in a market where 7% was the norm. However Buffett is much more than simply a man with a genius for amassing wealth. He is a dedicated philanthropist and his public speaking demonstrates his commitment to making the world a better place for all, not just the wealthy and powerful. In June 2006 Buffett made a commitment to give away 85% of his fortune to charity. His donation was the largest charitable act in US history and ensures his place in the hearts and minds of the public.