An anonymous fan of Warren Buffett agreed to pay $2,679,001 (N867,996,324) at an online charity auction to have lunch with the billionaire chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
As of March 2017, 86-year-old Buffett is the second wealthiest person in the United States, and the fourth wealthiest in the world, with a total net worth of $$76.2bn according to Forbes magazine. He is donating virtually all of his fortune to charity.
The winning bid came in the closing seconds of the five-day eBay auction, which drew 41 bids before ending on Friday night.
It was lower than the record $3,456,789 bid in similar auctions in 2012 and 2016. Money will go to Glide, a San Francisco charity that provides food, health care and other services to the homeless, the impoverished, and people struggling with substance abuse.
The successful bidder and up to 7 friends will dine with Buffett at the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse in Manhattan. Buffett has held 18 annual auctions for Glide, raising about $26.3m. He became involved with Glide after his first wife, Susan, became a volunteer, prior to her death in 2004.