NEVER mind the scores of brands owned by Berkshire Hathaway, it turns out Warren Buffett
is a more sought after commodity than any of his products. Each year he creates a bidding war so that one lucky (and presumably very wealthy) person can enjoy a power lunch with the Oracle of Omaha. Where else could it take place except eBay
? Bidding this year started on Sunday and it goes on for six days. The first bid was a modest $25,000 but the highest at time of writing stood at $350,300 – with proceeds all goes to charity Glide (it reached a high of $3.46m three years ago).
Well, we thought – why not encourage our own high-achievers to do something similar. Surely there are many powerful people in this country we’d pay to have lunch with. Come on Sir Richard Branson
– offer us a two hour lunch with you on Necker. Or you Sir Alan Sugar. What about the so-called UK answer to his royal Buffettness, Jim Mellon?
One of Buffett’s previous lunch dates, hedgie Ted Weschler, managed to get a job out of their exchange. We’re sure our City high flyers would love a shot at working for our own business legends.