The chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc has since 2000 raised more than $34.2 million for Glide, a nonprofit that provides meals, shelter, HIV and Hepatitis C testing, training vocational and children’s programs to the poor, homeless and drug addicts.
Buffett’s first wife, Susan, who died in 2004, introduced him to Glide after he volunteered for the charity.
This year’s auction started on Sunday evening on eBay and will end on June 17.
The winner and up to seven guests will dine with Buffett at the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse in Manhattan.
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Almost all topics are fair, except for Buffett’s current and future investment plans.
The auction is Buffett’s 21st, but the first since 2019 due to the pandemic.
Bidding started at $25,000 and soared to seven figures in eight hours. Only four people had placed bids as of 1:30 p.m. EDT Monday, including the highest bid of $3,000,100.
Past winners include cryptocurrency entrepreneur Justin Sun, who paid a record $4.57 million in 2019, and fund manager Ted Weschler, who won the 2010 and 2011 auctions and became more later a Berkshire portfolio manager.
Steaks — a Buffett favorite — cost between $57 and $78 per person at Smith & Wollensky, before taxes and tip. Wine costs between $50 and $12,005 a bottle.
Despite donating about half of his Berkshire stock since 2006, Buffett was worth $106 billion as of Friday, making him the fifth richest person in the world, according to Forbes magazine.