When Warren Buffett gets out on the stage, he is often known to steal the show. Yet, on Monday night, the billionaire investor sang to a crowded room of 400 prominent women, and his being there had absolutely nothing to do with his own personal agenda. In fact, the Oracle of Omaha was at the event because of his dear friend Carol Loomis. The spotlight was all for her.
Warren Buffett, along with singer/songwriter Paul Anka, paid tribute to the 85-year-old Carol Loomis at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, California. She recently retired from her position as senior editor at large at Fortune. She spent 60 years working for the magazine.
Carol Loomis is rightfully a business journalism legend, and many of you may already know this, but she is a close personal friend of Warren Buffett. She talked to him almost most every day, and each year she edits the Berkshire Hathaway letter to shareholders.
The song, set to the tune of My Way, and written by Paul Anka but made famous by Frank Sonata, was sang by Anka and Buffett as they serenaded the attendees of the annual Fortune Summit, where the highlight was about the famed career of Carol Loomis at Fortune magazine.
“Some months ago, I gave Paul a few facts about Carol, but he wrote it,” said the 84-year-old Buffett. “We didn’t really practice. We know the song so well, we did nothing to practice.”
Loomis, who is not a fan of showing off in public, told Fortune that she felt the performance was “glorious.”
“I think if you are going to be brought to prominence in one way, this is the best you can possibly have,” she said with a smile on her face.
Warren Buffett, long time brave attendee of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, made a joke prior to his song about how happy he felt to be in attendance with a group of such great women. “400 women. One guy. Life is good,” said Buffett. When it comes to attaining real power, he says that the ultimate goal is really gender blind.
“You do the same thing a male will do,” said Buffett. “You follow your passions. You find something you love. The truth is, so few people really jump on their jobs; you really will stand out more than you think. You will get noticed if you really go for it.”