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Buffett charity lunch sells for US$2.63m
與巴菲特吃頓午餐 兩百六十三萬美元創天價

Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, arrives at the premiere of Too Big to Fail in New York City on May 16.

Photo: Reuters

A steak lunch at Smith & Wollensky in Manhattan starts at US$36.50 (NT$1,053). The same lunch, eaten in the company of legendary investor Warren Buffett, costs approximately US$2.63 million (NT$75.8 million).

That was the final result of the annual online charity auction for lunch with the “Oracle of Omaha,” which ended late at night on June 10. A total of two bidders entered eight bids in the eBay auction, which started June 5.

The final bid was actually for just under US$2.35 million (NT$67.75 million), but the anonymous winner added to that after the auction to surpass last year’s winning bid by US$111, organizers said.

Interest was much lower than last year, when nine bidders made a total of 77 bids for the luncheon.

The proceeds benefit GLIDE, a San Francisco charity that Buffett was introduced to by his late first wife, Susan.

Buffett, 80, is the chief executive of the insurance-to-ice-cream conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway and one of the world’s richest men.

His fondness for red meat is also well-known; during Berkshire’s annual shareholder meeting in Omaha he urges investors to visit his favorite steakhouses for a T-bone steak or two.











1. bidder n.

競逐者 (jing4 zhu2 zhe3)

例: Cairo and Casablanca are among the potential bidders for the 2020 Summer Olympics.


2. anonymous adj.

匿名的 (ni4 ming2 de5)

例: People in the witness protection program wish to remain anonymous.


3. late adj.

已故的 (yi3 gu4 de5)

例: Victims of late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos were against his burial having full military honors.


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