- Last Updated: 12:11 AM, June 10, 2012
- Posted: 10:54 PM, June 9, 2012
Someone is paying millions for lunch with America’s second-richest man.
A mystery bidder made a record-setting, last-minute, $3.46 million bid for a power lunch with billionaire Omaha investor Warren Buffett.
The lunch money will fill the coffers of Glide, a charity that serves the poor in San Francisco.
Bidding nearly tripled in the final seconds of the Friday eBay auction from $1.23 million, said the Rev. Cecil Williams, Glide’s founder.
“I just got through talking to Mr. Buffett and he was very thrilled, very happy that things turned out,” Williams told The Post yesterday. “He seemed very moved by it. He said: ‘Susie would be happy about this.’ ”
Susan Buffett, the billionaire’s first wife, died in 2004 and was president of Buffett’s charitable foundation.
The winning bidder, who requested anonymity, can invite up to seven friends to dine with Buffett at Midtown Manhattan’s Smith & Wollensky steak house, which is donating the costs of the lunch.
The previous record for Buffett’s charity lunch was set in 2011, when Ted Weschler made a winning bid of $2.6 million. It was the second consecutive winning year for Weschler, whom Buffett later hired to work at his firm Berkshire Hathaway.
The Oracle of Omaha has said he doesn’t discuss investing during the Glide luncheon, but rather answers questions about family and philanthropy.
The money will support Glide’s $17 million budget, which funds 96 programs that provide housing, food and health care to thousands in San Francisco’s downtrodden Tenderloin district, Williams said.
The annual lunch auction began 13 years ago after Susan Buffett introduced Williams to her husband.
“Susan was a part of Glide Church for a number of years before we even knew she was there,” said Williams, adding that Warren is now one of the group’s “strongest messengers.”