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Ndamukong Suh and Warren Buffett: The Bruiser and the Billionaire

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Ndamukong Suh cozies up to billionaires in his spare time, and his degree is in Construction Management. He does not play video games, preferring to spend his spare time reading contracts and dreaming of becoming a venture capitalist.

Buffett makes time for Suh.

“I’m just glad he’s not running against me for a board spot,” said Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway. “Everyone tries to hustle sports stars. I think he knows I’m not trying to take him; I’m not trying to get involved in his finances.”

Suh’s objective is to get advice on the balance between business and his playing career. Despite being only 27, he has been positioning himself for his post-football life for years.

“Everyone says, ‘Wait til your football career is over.’ Or the biggest saying is always ‘Life after football,’ ” Suh said. “But as an athlete, someone who is bright enough and understands how to compartmentalize, and has time management from already having two jobs at once—playing football and going to class and getting good grades-—you can have 70 to 90% of the focus on your ultimate job but at the same time slowly build to what you are going to be one day.”

The time management is crucial. On Tuesdays—Suh’s off day during a normal NFL week—he focuses on conference calls with advisers. “I don’t watch TV; I don’t play videogames,” he said. “I like reading contracts. I like just looking at business deals.”

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