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Warren Buffett`s son, grandson on new book `40 Chances`

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

In 2006, billionaire investor Warren Buffett announced he was leaving most of his fortune to philanthropy. That same year, he issued a challenge to his son Howard G. Buffett: help those most in need and inspire others to do the same.

"My dad would be the first one to tell you, don't follow my footsteps, follow the footsteps you want to follow," Howard G. Buffett says.

Howard G. admits that growing up Buffett had its advantages, like the opportunity to help the poorest and hungriest people on earth.

"It's been a huge benefit," he says of having the Buffett name. "It's a huge opportunity."

Howard and his son Howard W. are in Chicago promoting "40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World." It's the story of how Howard became a force in helping the hungry. Being the son of a man with a net worth of almost $59 billion gives him the opportunity to address world hunger with a world of resources.

"We have 3 to 4 billion to spend to change something," Howard G. continues. "It's a lot of money, so we can do things big, so we have to think big."

But Howard isn't just spending money to solve problems. He's on the ground, spending time with the people he's trying to help. Howard says it's never easy.

"I have had a woman in Angola try to give me her child and said ‘if you don't take my child, it will die,' and I'm sure it did. You are helpless in those situations. It's very personal to me. What we do is very personal."

It's also personal to Howard's son, who was with his dad on many of those trips. Howard W. says he hopes "40 Chances" will serve as proof that one person really can make a global difference.

"I have been able to see my grandfather take his life and be the most successful investor you can imagine and build a fortune that he turned into history's greatest gift," Howard W. adds. "And then empower my dad to improve lives around the world. That is a testament of how one person can change the world.

Howard told FOX 32 that even though he may not write another book, his mission will continue. He says a trip to the Congo is already planned for December.

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