Despite his wealth (which at the time of writing is around the $70 billion mark) Warren Buffett is a simple man. He drinks Cherry Coke, eats potato sticks and dines on McDonalds with frequency. He lives in a modest five bedroom house and drives himself to work every morning—nothing like what you might expect from the second richest man in the world.
In HBO’s recent documentary, “Becoming Warren Buffett” viewers were granted a brief look into the daily life of the Oracle of Omaha. His love of McDonalds breakfast was on full display as he drove his 2014 Cadillac XTS by the McDonalds in Omaha, where he was greeted by the staff by name.
The most startling thing, however, is that this multi-billion investing genius rarely spends more than $3.17 for breakfast.
“When I’m not feeling quite so prosperous, I might go with the $2.61, which is two sausage patties, and then I put them together and pour myself a Coke,” Buffett explained in the documentary. “$3.17 is a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit, but the market’s down this morning, so I’ll pass up the $3.17 and go with the $2.95.” The sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit is a favorite of Buffett’s.
Although many websites will try and tell you that Buffett always chooses his breakfast based on the market (and he did indeed say that in the documentary), the billionaire investor is well-known for his witty comebacks and jokes, so it’s likely poking fun at other investors and how closely they watch the market. Buffett, as we all know, doesn’t follow the trends quite that closely and the additional few cents isn’t going to matter as much to a man as wealthy as him.
Regardless, Warren Buffett is a man of very simple tastes and perhaps other billionaires and investors could stand to learn a little from how he approaches life.
By the way, if you’re wondering what he washes down his delicious McDonald’s breakfast with… well, it’s Cherry Coke, of course!