- Billionaire stock market genius Warren Buffett has been auctioning off private lunches since 2000
- The auctions benefit a San Francisco-based homeless charity
- The winning bid tied last year's bid exactly
- The winner wants to remain anonymous
A private lunch with Omaha billionaire Warren Buffett has been sold to the highest bidder for more than $3.4million during an annual charity auction.
The bid of $3,456,789 made Friday night tied for the record highest bid. In 2012, the winner also paid $3,456,789, won by Beijing-based Dalian Zeus Entertainment Co. This year's winner wishes to remain anonymous.
Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett has raised more than $20 million for a San Francisco homeless charity since 2000, when he began auctioning off private luncheons
The week-long eBay auction began Sunday and wrapped up Friday night. This year and last year's lunches hold the record for the highest amounts paid for single events on eBay. Six of the past eight winners for the Buffett buffet paid more than $2 million.
The auction benefits the Glide Foundation, a San Francisco-based homeless charity. Buffett's first wife, Susie, volunteered with the organization.
Susie Buffett died in 2004, but the connection between Warren Buffett and Glide's founders has endured.
Buffett's latest luncheon was auctioned off for $3.45million, the same paid last year, but less than the winning bid in
The stock market whiz has raised more than $20 million for the homeless charity since 2000, and he's about to add to that total with the latest winning bid.
'I am proud to be part of something that has directly benefited so many people in need,' Buffett said ahead of the auction, according to the Detroit News. 'Glide is a bridge for thousands of people on the brink of despair, helping them achieve dignity and opportunity by providing them with basic services.'