Berkshire Hathaway 1999 Annual Meeting Audience Question # 12

Is Warren planning to do a music video?

Warren Buffett:

Zone 12?

Audience Member:

Good morning. My name is Jenna. I’m from Long Island, New York.

And I was reading through your annual report.

You made reference to Wagner and some country western song I never heard of.

I was just wondering what kind of music influences you. And are you planning on doing, like, a musical video?

Warren Buffett:

Well, I think with the performance I gave earlier in the movie, I don’t think there’s any future for me. But I do have a very musical family.

And since you asked, I will point out that my son Peter’s recent CD is available at the Disney booth outside. And Peter had a very successful experience here on public television in March and will be on tour later on. And my wife is extremely musical.

But I don’t think I’ve got much of a future in it. So far, I get… no one ever asks me to come back.

I mean, I’ve had a lot of introductory appearances, but very few encores.

I like all kinds of music. You know, I really… I’ve always liked music. We started out around the house singing church hymns. And in 1942, my two sisters who are here today, joined me in a 15-minute program on WOW, then the leading radio station in Omaha.

And we sang “America the Beautiful.”

And my dad got elected to Congress on the back of that program.

We liked to take credit for it. And you… see my sisters at the end of the meeting.

Charlie, what kind of music do you like?

Charlie Munger:

Well, the one thing I agree with is that if we’re going to star Warren, it should be in a musical. The straight acting won’t do.

Warren Buffett:

It took me an hour to get that bald for “Annie,” incidentally. It takes a long time to get bald… dressing room.

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