Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Billionaire Ready to Draw Blood

From the Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune of May 25, 2005:

Buffetts: Friends or family?
The billionaire and the singer may have to take DNA test to find the answer

By Ethan Smith
The Wall Street Journal

'Uncle' Warren
'Cousin' Jimmy
Billionaire financier
Renowned island troubadour

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett and musician Jimmy Buffett share a 20-year friendship. They talk on the phone regularly about business.

Warren Buffett's sister Doris Buffett, an amateur genealogist, is considering DNA testing to establish a conclusive genetic link.


Besides sharing a surname, the two men have long suspected that they also share a common genetic history. "Warren leaves messages for 'Cousin Jimmy' and always has," says the singing Buffett, 58. "I'll take it from him." The singer calls the financier "Uncle Warren."

No one knows for sure. The two are only now coming to the end of a two-decade process of determining how or whether they are actually related.

The attempt to link the two strains of Buffettmania has been spearheaded by Doris Buffett, Warren's 77-year-old sister. "I've spent a lot of time and energy trying to connect up the two families," says Doris. Despite years of research, she has been unable to establish a conclusive link. She says she is considering DNA testing to make a certain determination.

[Read the whole story]
Her next task: Track down Cousin Jimmy's lost shaker of salt.

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