Who is Astrid Menks?
Astrid was born in Latvia in 1946 – she hasn’t disclosed her exact date of birth, but her zodiac sign is believed to be Aries, and she holds both Latvian and American nationality. She’s a philanthropist and former cocktail waitress, but who’s perhaps known best for being the wife of American business magnate and philanthropist Warren Edward Buffett.
Early life and education
Astrid was raised in Latvia by her parents, about whom only a little is know, because she respects their privacy; it’s said that her father was a mailman, and that her mother worked at a local grocery store. Astrid hasn’t mentioned having any siblings, and is thus believed to be an only child.
She was interested in various activities while attending a local high school, including dancing and singing, while she also enjoyed practicing acting with the school’s drama club.
Astrid spent most of her spare time playing soccer with her friends, then upon matriculating in 1964, didn’t enroll at college, but chose to move to the USA.
Astrid spent many years working as a cocktail waitress in Omaha, Nebraska USA, while she’s today a philanthropist; she’s worked with various charity organizations, most of which aim to help underprivileged children, and has also donated money to a couple of animal shelters.
Love life and marriage with Warren Buffett
Astrid met Warren sometime in the ‘70s, when he was still married to American activist and singer Susan Buffett (nee Thompson).
Susan worked at the same club as Astrid, and in 1977, she chose to move away from her husband to San Francisco, so that she could continue pursuing her career as a singer.
Susan asked her colleagues to take good care of her husband while she’s away, and that’s how Astrid met him. She spent a lot of her spare at his home, and eventually moved in with him; Warren and Susan didn’t divorce, and they continued to see each other whenever they had time. The trio was getting along quite well, and when sending out Christmas cards, they would sign these ‘Warren, Susie and Astrid’.
Susan passed away in 2004, and Warren and Astrid then exchanged vows in a private ceremony at his home, attended by only a couple of their closest friends and family members, including Susan and Warren’s children Susie, Peter and Howard.
Astrid hasn’t spoken of any other men whom she has perhaps been with, and as of April 2022, she’s married to Warren Buffett, and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Astrid’s a huge lover of animals, and it’s said that she even today volunteers at a zoo; her favorite animals are zebras and giraffes.
She’s rather modest, and even though her husband is amongst the wealthiest people in the world, Astrid still enjoys going shopping in thrift stores.
She’s into travelling, and has been all around the world with Warren. The two have been to nearly every US state, and have vacationed in various European and Asian countries, while Astrid’s dream travel destination seems to be Venice, Italy.
She’s a fan of Hollywood movies – her favorite actor and actress are Bill Murray and Julia Roberts, while a couple of her favorite films include “The Groundhog Day”, “Pretty Woman” and “Notting Hill”.
Age, height and net worth
Astrid’s age is either 75 or 76. She has long blonde hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m), and she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).
As of April 2022, her net worth has been estimated at more than $100,000, while her husband Warren’s net worth stands at over $125 billion.
Who is her husband Warren?
Warren Edward Buffet was born in Omaha, on 30 August 1930 – his zodiac sign is Virgo, and he holds American nationality. He’s today serving as the CEO of the American multinational conglomerate holding company Berkshire Hathaway Inc., and is the in the five wealthiest people in the world.
Warren was raised alongside his two sisters in Omaha, by their father Howard Homan Buffett, the late American businessman and politician, and their mother Leila (nee Stahl) who was a housewife.
Warren studied at Rose Hill Elementary School, but switched after his father had become a Congressman and moved the family to Washington, D. C. Warren then attended Alice Deal Junior High School, followed by Woodrow Wilson High School, from which he matriculated in 1947.
He began investing as soon as he matriculated, and thus wanted to skip college, however, his father disagreed, and so Warren went on to study at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School; he transferred to the University of Nebraska two years later, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1950. Warren then tried to enroll at Harvard Business School, however, his application was rejected; he thus began attending Columbia Business School, graduating with a Master of Science degree in economics in 1951.
Between 1951 and 1954, Warren worked at Buffett-Falk & Co. as an investment salesman, then spent the following two years working at Graham-Newman Corporation as a securities analyst. He was a partner at Buffett Partnership, Ltd. between 1956 and 1969, and it was in 1970 that he became the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
He began buying stocks in the Washington Post Company in 1973, and in 1977, his company bought Buffalo Evening News. Warren then went on to buy stocks in the American multinational commercial broadcast TV network ABC for $3.5 billion, while he became the largest shareholder (12 percent) of Salomon Inc. in 1987, and a year later bought seven percent of The Coca-Cola Company for just over $1 billion.
He continued buying stocks for the following three decades, and on 14 August 2014, it was reported that the shares of his company Berkshire Hathaway were worth $200,000 a share, making the company’s worth $330 billion; at that time, Warren was the owner of 320,000 shares, which was around $64 billion.
Warren likes to play the card game bridge in his spare time, and it’s said that he spends around 12 hours a week playing it.
Although raised a Presbyterian, Warren states that he’s agnostic.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer on 11 April 2012, but was declared cancer-free on 15 September 2012.