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Walter Scott, Jr. (born 1931 in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American civil engineer, philanthropist, and former CEO of Peter Kiewit Sons' Incorporated. Scott was the 1997 recipient of the Horatio Alger Award and consistently ranks among the wealthiest Americans. He sits on the Board of Berkshire Hathaway, and is a childhood friend of Warren Buffett.[1][2]

Scott serves on the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway, Burlington Resources, Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, Level 3 Communications Inc., MidAmerican Energy Holdings, RCN Corporation, Valmont Industries, and Peter Kiewit Sons' Inc. He is a director of the Joslyn Art Museum, Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation, and the Omaha Development Foundation. Nationally, he is a director of the Horatio Alger Association and the National Forest Association.

Scott was first elected to the Peter Kiewit Sons' Incorporated board in 1964. In 1979, he was elected president. When Peter Kiewit died later that same year, Scott was selected to succeed him as chairman.

Scott is currently chairman of Level 3 Communications, Inc.[3] The corporation is one of the firms created by the 1998 separation of the two operating divisions of Peter Kiewit Sons' Inc. Since the split-off, Scott now serves as Chairman Emeritus of Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. With his wife, Suzanne, he founded the public, non-profit Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation which has funded the Scott Atrium & Education Center at University of Nebraska Medical Center[4] and the Scott Technology Center[5] in Omaha.

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