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Ovarian Lottery

Ovarian Lottery

I always called this “Lucky Sperms.” However, I realize now Warrens Buffets term “Ovarian Lottery” has gained more traction in the world of Buzzword Bingo.

Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Monday, February 1, 2010
By Andy Graham of
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Warren Buffett describes in The Snowball, the most comprehensive biography of his life Ovarian Lottery:

Ovarian Lottery
I’ve had it so good in this world, you know. The odds were fifty-to-one against me born in the United States in 1930. I won the lottery the day I emerged from the womb by being in the United States instead of in some other country where my chances would have been way different.

Imagine there are two identical twins in the womb, both equally bright and energetic. And the genie says to them, “One of you is going to be born in the United States, and one of you is going to be born in Bangladesh. And if you wind up in Bangladesh, you will pay no taxes. What percentage of your income would you bid to be the one this is born in the United States?” It says something about the fact that society has something to do with your fate and not just your innate qualities. The people who say, “I did it all myself,” and think of themselves as Horatio Alger – believe me, they’d bid more to be in the United States than in Bangladesh. That’s the Ovarian Lottery.
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When in Rome, do as the Romans do, when a person is in poor country, better to downgrade, when in a richer country better to upgrade you look. Truly, the more I travel, the less I think the first world won the Ovarian Lottery.

Who is happier? Haiti or Dominican Republic.


USA or Haiti?

Ovarian Lottery