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Warren Buffett

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To [Buffett] the perfect amount to leave children is "enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing."
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Richard I. Kirkland Jr., Should You Leave It All to the Children?, Fortune (September 29, 1986)

 
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