Walter Scott Jr., business partner of Warren Buffett, dead at 90

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Like his more famous friend, Warren Buffett, Walter Scott Jr. spent most of his life in his native Omaha, Neb., and made billions from a diverse range of mostly unglamorous businesses.

He also dedicated himself to philanthropy and focused much of his giving on his hometown, including major donations to the University of Nebraska Omaha and the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

In Nebraska, “our problem is we can’t move any mountains here or any oceans here,” Mr. Scott told the New York Times in 1998. “We’re stuck on the prairie. So we’re going to have to make the most of what we have.”

Mr. Scott, who died Sept. 25 at the age of 90, served as chief executive of what is now Kiewit Corp., a builder of highways, tunnels and other projects, from 1979 to 1998. He diversified the company with investments in telecommunications and energy.


Mr. Scott later was chairman of…

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