Last week's interview with Warren Buffett on Women and Work featured a lot of memorable moments. The legendary investor's first Tweet -- the Tweet heard around the world -- was just one.
The most special moment for me, Buffett's interviewer, came when he answered this question from a University of Nebraska student: How do you define success?
"If people whom you want to have love you love you, you're a success," said the Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) chairman and CEO.
You wouldn't expect this answer from the guy who built America's 5th largest company (according to the just-released Fortune 500) practically from scratch. In the interview, Buffett went on to explain that he learned the meaning of success from a late friend named Bella Eisenberg, a resident of his hometown, Omaha, and an Auschwitz survivor. Eisenberg once told Buffett that she was slow to make friends because whenever she met people, she thought to herself: "Would they hide me?"
Here's more from Buffett, 82, on his friend's impact on the way he thinks about success:
You can watch the full Buffett interview on Women and Work here.
And check out my Fortune colleague Carol Loomis' story about nine new signers of The Giving Pledge, which is Buffett's and Bill and Melinda Gates' philanthropic program to encourage billionaires to donate their money during their lifetimes. Among the just-announced joiners: Spanx founder Sara Blakely, 42, whose Giving Pledge Loomis details here.
by Patricia Sellers
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"We like difficult."
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Here on Postcards, you'll find a trove of video segments from last week's Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit. Click here to watch a riveting take on the fall of Lehman Brothers by Barbara Byrne, a vice chairman who spent 28 years at the now-bankrupt firm. Today, since Barclays bought Lehman's North American core, Byrne is a vice chairman at Barclays Capital (BCS).
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The world's greatest investor and the Goldman Sachs (GS) CEO will be at our opening dinner tonight. It's a crazy coincidence since we invited these two men (our first time inviting men) months ago. Then, last week, the MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 1, 2008 1:57 PM ET
Bill Gates is here in New York preaching his message about philanthropy. This morning he spoke to the UN General Assembly. Yesterday he chatted on stage with Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative. Back in Seattle, meanwhile, a new guy is in charge of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His name is Jeff Raikes. Sound familiar? Raikes was at Microsoft (MSFT) for 27 years, coming from Apple (APPL) MOREPatricia Sellers - Sep 25, 2008 2:44 PM ET
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