Chinese fund manager wins Warren Buffett lunch

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A Chinese fund manager has won a lunch with famed US investor Warren Buffett after bidding $2.11m (£1m) for the opportunity in a charity auction, more than three times what the lunch fetched last year.



Zhao Danyang, who runs Hong Kong-based Pureheart China Growth Investment Fund, had the winning bid in the eBay auction that ended late on Friday.



Proceeds of the lunch with the 77-year-old chairman of Berkshire Hathaway benefit Glide, a non-profit foundation in San Francisco that offers programmes for the poor, hungry and homeless.



Mohnish Pabrai, an Irvine, California-based investor, paid $650,100 for the right to dine with Buffett last year.



Buffett began donating lunches in 2000 after his wife Susan introduced him to the Reverand Cecil Williams, who founded Glide and runs the Glide Memorial United Methodist Church. The auctions, including the current one, have grossed more than $4m for the organisation.



Zhao and up to seven friends will meet Buffett for lunch in New York City at the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse.



Buffett, who is the world's richest man according to Forbes Magazine, took over Berkshire in 1965, transforming it from a failing textile maker into a sprawling Omaha, Nebraska-based insurance and investment company with more than 70 businesses.



Often called the Sage of Omaha, Buffett has been lauded among investors for his preference for investing in larger companies with easy-to-understand businesses, large or dominant market shares, consistent earnings, and strong management.



Berkshire's investments include American Express and Coca-Cola.



Zhao, who has more than a decade of investing experience, selects investments "from the view of an industrial investor," according to his firm's website.



Buffett has pledged most of his fortune to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities. He has said his Berkshire shares will go to philanthropy.

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