Mellon’s decision follows an article written in City A.M.’s diary earlier this week, questioning whether the so-called UK answer to the Oracle of Omaha would ever replicate Buffett’s annual lunch bid, which is currently underway on eBay.
“It’s a great idea,” Mellon told us. “Sadly, I’m a pale imitation of Warren Buffett but happy to do a lunch for two people at a mutually convenient time.”
The former fund manager, currently at 117 on the Sunday Times Rich List with an estimated fortune of £850m, has chosen Wellbeing of Women as his charity of choice, as his sister Claire Mellon is a trustee. Mellon has offered to match any bid of up to £10,000, adding to the charity’s final haul.
Warren Buffett’s lunch bidding has always been a success with the largest ever bid standing at $3.5m, which was handed over by an anonymous bidder in 2012. Mellon’s bidding page on eBay is still in the making so interested parties can’t make a firm offer as of yet but keep reading The Capitalist to find out when the bidding is open, or email email@example.com.