Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Celebrate 25 Years of Friendship
Parents usually play a key role in their children’s relationship Such is the case with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, like the case of John the baptist and Jesus in the bible When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb. Buffett and Gates first met through Gates’ mother – but Gates was busy with Microsoft and didn’t want to go meet him. “Look, he just buys and sells pieces of paper. That’s not real value added. I don’t think we’d have much in common,” Gates remembers telling his mom.
Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and famed investor Warren Buffett are celebrating 25 years of friendship today – an anniversary Gates marked by posting his favorite memories of Buffett on his blog.
The best revelation here is that Warren Buffett “has basically stuck to eating what he liked when he was six years old,” Gates writes, meaning “he mostly eats hamburgers, ice cream, and Coke.”
In fact, Buffett apparently insisted on Oreo cookies for breakfast during one early overnight stay at Gates’ Seattle-area mansion.
“Our kids immediately demanded they have some too,” Gates writes. “He may set a poor example for young people, but it’s a diet that somehow works for him.”
In fact, Gates writes, it once took Buffett months to realize that the seats on the chairs in his home’s dining room were taken in to be reupholstered, probably because he was simply “eating his Oreos and ice cream in the kitchen.”
Other fun moments from the Gates-Buffett friendship:
Gates has only two speed-dial options set on his work phone: his house and Buffett. Beyond their work together on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where Warren Buffett is a trustee, Gates says he often calls just to work through problems and get advice.
Whenever Gates visits Omaha, Nebraska, Buffett picks him up.
Buffett is a very personable guy, and makes time for his friends. “Even though he keeps up a hectic schedule, Warren finds time to nurture friendships like few other people I know,” Gates writes.
In fact, Buffett sends Bill and Melinda Gates clippings of interesting articles he reads via the mail.
“Warren Buffett and I are mostly peers, but sometimes he is so much wiser than I am,” Gates writes. “He’s like a father figure to me.”
Certain connections have their benefits, especially ones of this caliber. After all, billionaire BFFs stick together like birds of a feather.
To celebrate their friendship’s silver anniversary, Gates and Buffett created a photo album and virtual reality video together. No worries if you don’t have a VR headset. You can still watch the clip from a web browser, just as you would any video. Check it out here. Sorry, bub, you might never see your bestie the same.