Buffett was one of 15 people to receive the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor, during an East Room ceremony at the White House. The honorees included artists, athletes, world leaders and civil rights activists.
“For all the money he's earned, you don't see Warren Buffett wearing fancy suits or driving fancy cars,” Obama said before hanging the medal around the Oracle of Omaha's neck. “Instead, you see him devoting the vast majority of his wealth to those around the world who are suffering or sick or in need of help.”
Buffett entered Tuesday's ceremony between Maya Angelou and George H. W. Bush. When asked about being honored alongside the renowned poet and respected former president, Buffett pointed instead to two other medal recipients.