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The Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy just took place on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, where over 100 of the greatest entrepreneurs in America met in New York to discuss the topic of trying to solve the world’s most difficult problems. Forbes magazine will reveal the incredible results of this amazing meeting during the fall.
But there is one moment that took place that can’t wait to be revealed. One reason is camera phones. Many different people recorded this amazing event, so Forbes, as well as others, decided to shed some light on it for you right now.
What exactly am I talking about? I’m talking about a historic ukulele duet between Warren Buffett and Jon Bon Jovi. I know this might seem like the most unlikely pair to you, but in an effort to help solve the world’s problems, these two giants in their respective fields got together for this charming performance.
Jon Bon Jovi actually topped the list of most charitable celebrities last year in the Forbes rankings. The reason he won this prestigious honor is because he used the largest percentage of his fame to generate notice to a really good cause.
What’s the name of the cause, you ask?
It’s his JBJ Soul Foundation, which helps rescue people from all walks of life who find themselves in need. The most recent addition to this foundation is the Soul Kitchen. This is a community restaurant that allows diners to basically pay what you can in the form of a donation or through volunteering.
If you show up to the Soul Kitchen without any money, don’t worry because you aren’t going to get refused a meal. You will be expected to volunteer your time, but that’s a small price to pay in order to nourish your body for one more day.
Warren Buffett, on the other hand, is not only one of the greatest investors to walk the face of the earth, but he is also one of the greatest philanthropists. He is actually donating 99% of his total fortune to charity, and since he is a multi-billionaire, you can only imagine what kind of impact this is going to have on the world overall. He could have chosen to waste all of his money on something that will immortalize him for centuries to come, but he chose to help people instead which is a beautiful sentiment and the right thing to do.
Jon Bon Jovi and Warren Buffett both spoke from the heart and shared inspiring words during the Summit. Bon Jovi even co hosted another reception at the end of the night. This gave him the ability to raise money and further awareness for the JBJ Soul Foundation.
The duet between Buffett and Bon Jovi wasn’t actually planned. Randall Lane, a member of the Forbes staff, actually asked him to do the duet with Bon Jovi and he gladly accepted with one caveat. They had to play the song “The Glory of Love” which was made popular by none other than singer and actress Bette Midler.
Warren Buffett shared that he learned how to play the ukulele 60 years ago, and the reason he did so was so that he could court girls. His skills on the ukulele actually impressed his future father-in-law most of all.
The Glory of Love was chosen by Buffett because it’s one of the few songs he actually knows by heart. It made more sense for Bon Jovi to learn the lyrics to this song, then for Buffett to try and figure out some of the Bon Jovi classics at the spur of the moment.
History was then made during this momentous night in New York City. The final result was a delightful duet from one of the richest “musical acts” of all time. And since the theme of the night is philanthropy, it’s only fitting that the group also be one of the most charitable ones.
Buffett e-mailed Lane a few days prior to the performance, and in his e-mail he reflected on what was to come:
“The first line of ‘The Glory of Love,’ incidentally, is ‘You’ve got to give a little.’ So I think it’s quite appropriate for the occasion.”