Someone paid $19 million to have lunch with billionaire Warren Buffett

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“The winner has decided to remain anonymous,” said those in charge of the auction, which started with a starting price of $25,000.

Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, ranks fifth in the latest Forbes ranking of the world's richest men (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)
Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, ranks fifth in the latest Forbes ranking of the world’s richest men (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

An unidentified person American businessman paid $19 million to have lunch with Warren Buffett at a charity auction by the NGO Glide, which helps low-income people.

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The proposal, held Friday night in San Francisco (California, United States), Historical record in charity auctions that Glide organizes each year with the eBay company.

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“The winner has decided to remain anonymous,” the NGO said in a statement. The auction, which started with a starting price of $25,000, closed with $19 million.

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The award consists of: Lunch with Buffett, one of the five richest men in the world, and guests for up to seven at a well-known New York steakhouse.

The funds raised serve to fund the work of Glide, which has helped thousands of homeless people.

The NGO began auctioning dinners with the businessman in 2000 and has since raised more than $53 million. In the previous edition of this event, before the pandemic, cryptocurrency businessman Justin Sun paid $4.6 million to have lunch with the billionaire.

Buffett, 91, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, said his experience at dinner tonight was “good”. and he said he met “many interesting people from all over the world” during these years. Berkshire Hathaway manages a wide variety of businesses, including insurance, energy, rail and retail products.

“On behalf of Glide, I thank Warren Buffett for his unwavering generosity, dedication and contribution to our mission,” said Karen Hanrahan, NGO president, who won the support of the billionaire philanthropist when his first wife, Susie, took him in. His activities after he started volunteering there.

Like this year’s winner, other previous winners have chosen to remain anonymous. Ted Weschler, a former winner, received a job offer from Buffett’s company after spending nearly $5.3 million on two auctions in 2010 and 2011. Weschler currently works as an investment manager at Berkshire in Omaha, Nebraska.

With information from AFP, AP and EFE

Source: Info Bae

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