Putting thousands of dollars toward a good time might be questionable. But no one's gonna argue with putting big cash toward a good cause. Even if it's $2.6 million -- on lunch with Warren Buffett. That's how much an anonymous bidder will pay to chow down at New York's Smith & Wollensky steakhouse with the legendary Berkshire Hathaway investor. Proceeds go to the Glide Foundation, which provides social services to the poor and homeless in San Francisco.
This isn't the first time Buffett has offered up his company over lunch. He's done it annually for the past 12 years and has so far raised $9 million. Amazing, right?
Still, I wonder if the meal itself will be worth it to the winning bidder.
They're allowed to talk to Buffett about anything they want, but "future investments" is one topic that's off-limits. So it begs the question ... are they really that excited about a.) dining with Warren Buffet and/or b.) eating at Smith & Wollensky?
For $2.6 million, you gotta really enjoy your dining companion and/or food!
Personally, I think I'd have to dine with a slew of famous, influential people (Gloria Steinem, Lady Gaga, Tina Fey, etc.) and get all-you-can-eat pre-cracked lobsters and a variety of incredible, gourmet chocolate desserts for over $2 mil. And I'd have to be assured the funds would go to a cause close to my heart, like Planned Parenthood. I mean, come on, you wouldn't eat just anything -- or with just anyone -- for that kind of money!
Then again, I guess if you have that kind of money to spend, you don't really have to worry about making sure you get your money's worth at one stinky little lunch. You probably have your pick of the best eats all the time. Sigh. A foodie/dining out junkie's dream!
Either way, it's an interesting proposition to wonder about the type of company and kind of food two mil. could buy. How 'bout Brangelina and upscale Mexican with the most expensive tequila? Sarah Palin and her home-cooked moose she shot only hours prior? The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge over tea ... because, well, $2.6 mil. probably doesn't get you that far in British pounds!
If you had $2.6 mil. to spend on a lunch companion and top-notch meal, who and what would you choose?
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