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$250,100 for a Buffett lunch
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A lunch date with Warren Buffett, the world's second richest man, has been sold for more than a quarter of a million dollars in an eBay charity auction.

The winner, who goes by the name schtinyt, will get the chance to swap financial small talk with the legendary investment guru.

The winning bidder can bring along seven friends.

"Here is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to pick the brain of the one and only Warren Buffett. He is quite simply a legend," the site's sales blurb said.

And, of course, the lunch gives the buyer a chance to do some good for the less fortunate.

The proceeds from the auction will be going to Glide, a San Francisco homeless charity.


The lunch will be held in New York, although eBay gave no indication as to the proposed venue.

Previous charity auctions have seen Mr Buffett entertain winners at a Chinese restaurant, but the 72-year-old investment wizard is also famed for his love of fast food and Coca-Cola.

Mr Buffett is said to share his thoughts on life over lunch, as well as the best investment opportunities in the current market.

With an estimated fortune in excess of $30bn, he is second only to Microsoft founder Bill Gates in Forbes magazines' global rich list.

Cheaper alternative

If lunch with Mr Buffett is out of your price range, you might consider another, slightly less famous, Omaha resident.

Curt Morehouse, who works for his family's transport firm, is auctioning a lunch date, "just like Warren Buffett", at a starting price of $25.

"You will have a chance to pick my brains and see how I manage, despite my enormous talent, to maintain a steady income of under $40,000 per year.

"Learn the secret of how I pay child support every month and eat healthy on only $100 per month," Mr Morehouse says in his eBay blurb.

Mr Morehouse has so far attracted one bid, compared to Mr Buffett's 141.

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