Financial literacy for kids is something that Lucas Remmerswaal is very passionate about. A New Zealander, Lucas has written a series of books for children, based on the financial principles used by one of America’s most successful investors, Warren Buffett.
In 2011, Buffett was ranked the third wealthiest person in the world with assets of around $47 billion and this year, Time magazine named him as one of the most influential people in the world. Buffett is a self-made man, having started accruing his fortune early in life through selling chewing gum, Coca Cola and magazines door to door. He bought his first shares at the age of eleven and went on to invest in numerous businesses throughout his life. He is now the primary shareholder, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, a multinational conglomerate holding company based in Omaha, Nebraska.
After seeing a large proportion of New Zealanders lose their retirement savings during the Global Financial Crisis, Lucas Remmerswaal decided to become a crusader for financial literacy in schools and to teach children the importance of being financially smart. Over the last two years, he has developed three children’s books that set out, with beautiful illustrations, the principles that made Warren Buffett successful. These books are The Tale of Tortoise Buffett, 13 Habits – Standing on the Shoulders of Giants and The A-Z of 13 Habits. A fourth book, 13 Habits That Made Me Billions is due out soon. Early in 2012, Lucas embarked on a bicycle trip covering the length of New Zealand, visiting schools along the way to spread his message. Integrity, Intelligence, Frugality and Gratitude are some of the 13 Habits that Lucas believes anyone can use to create extraordinary results in their lives. Click here for more information on Lucas and free downloads of his books.