Bill Gates offered a hilarious gift to Warren Buffett on his 90th birthday

Bill Gates offered a hilarious gift to Warren Buffett on his 90th birthday

By David Goldman, CNN Business

Updated 2:03 PM ET, Sun August 30, 2020

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New York (CNN Business)Bill Gates offered a sweet and funny video tribute to his billionaire pal Warren Buffett Sunday in honor of his 90th birthday.Doing his best Martha Stewart impression, and with Randy Newman’s “You Got a Friend” playing in the background, Gates made a delicious-looking Oreo cake, complete with Buffett’s face on the top, drawn in chocolate icing.In the end of the 60-second video, Gates cuts a slice, puts it on a plate with a fork, and leaves the message “Happy 90th birthday Warren” in Oreo dust.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1300110509455282176&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2020%2F08%2F30%2Fbusiness%2Fbill-gates-warren-buffett-cake%2Findex.html&theme=light&widgetsVersion=223fc1c4%3A1596143124634&width=550pxBuffett is a notorious dessert-a-holic, known for chugging a half-dozen cans of Coke every day (Buffett is a big Coca-Cola (KO) investor). His company, Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA), also owns See’s Candies.The cake was a special tribute to Gates’ friendship with Buffett. In 2016, Gates recounted a story on his blog about how he caught Buffett eating his favorite dessert for breakfast: Oreos.”One thing that was surprising to learn about Warren is that he has basically stuck to eating what he liked when he was six years old,” Gates wrote. “I remember one of the first times he stayed at our house and he opened up a package of Oreos to eat for breakfast. Our kids immediately demanded they have some too. He may set a poor example for young people, but it’s a diet that somehow works for him.”Gates and Buffett met on July 5, 1991, when Gates’ mother invited the then-Microsoft-CEO to the Gates family vaction home in Hood Canal, Washington, to meet Buffett, whom she also invited.Gates, in a blog post, said he was reluctant at first, but Buffett peppered him with smart questions about Microsoft’s future that Gates said he never before encountered (how Microsoft (MSFT) could expect to compete with IBM and what skillsets and pricing Microsoft expected to excel at).”It was a deep friendship from our very first conversation,” Gates wrote.

Buffett and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates enjoy a meal together at the Hollywood Diner in Omaha in 2010. That year, the two launched The Giving Pledge, which encourages the world's billionaires to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates enjoy a meal together at the Hollywood Diner in Omaha in 2010. That year, the two launched The Giving Pledge, which encourages the world’s billionaires to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes.Hide Caption22 of 43

Buffett is sworn in to testify before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in 2010. The bipartisan committee was created by Congress to investigate the causes of the financial crisis.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett is sworn in to testify before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in 2010. The bipartisan committee was created by Congress to investigate the causes of the financial crisis.Hide Caption23 of 43

President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Buffett in 2011. "Today, we know Warren Buffett not only as one of the world's richest men, but also one of the most admired and respected," Obama said. "Unmoved by financial fads, he has doggedly sought out value, put his weight behind companies with promise and demonstrated that integrity isn't just a good trait -- it is good for business."

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesPresident Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Buffett in 2011. “Today, we know Warren Buffett not only as one of the world’s richest men, but also one of the most admired and respected,” Obama said. “Unmoved by financial fads, he has doggedly sought out value, put his weight behind companies with promise and demonstrated that integrity isn’t just a good trait — it is good for business.”Hide Caption24 of 43

Buffett is mobbed by journalists and shareholders during Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholders meeting in 2011.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett is mobbed by journalists and shareholders during Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting in 2011.Hide Caption25 of 43

Buffett talks with his son Peter before the start of the shareholders meeting in 2011.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett talks with his son Peter before the start of the shareholders meeting in 2011.Hide Caption26 of 43

Buffett poses for a photo in Omaha in 2012.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett poses for a photo in Omaha in 2012.Hide Caption27 of 43

Buffett and his second wife, Astrid, arrive at the White House for a state dinner honoring British Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012. The next month, Buffett confirmed that he had been diagnosed with Stage 1 prostate cancer. He underwent radiation treatments and told Berkshire Hathaway shareholders that the cancer was "not remotely life-threatening."

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett and his second wife, Astrid, arrive at the White House for a state dinner honoring British Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012. The next month, Buffett confirmed that he had been diagnosed with Stage 1 prostate cancer. He underwent radiation treatments and told Berkshire Hathaway shareholders that the cancer was “not remotely life-threatening.”Hide Caption28 of 43

Buffett looks out at Omaha in 2012.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett looks out at Omaha in 2012.Hide Caption29 of 43

Buffett wears a Woodrow Wilson High School jacket as he attends an event in Washington, DC, in 2012. Buffett graduated from the Washington high school in 1947.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett wears a Woodrow Wilson High School jacket as he attends an event in Washington, DC, in 2012. Buffett graduated from the Washington high school in 1947.Hide Caption30 of 43

Buffett is photographed for Forbes magazine in 2012.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett is photographed for Forbes magazine in 2012.Hide Caption31 of 43

Buffett listens as his son Howard speaks during an interview in New York in 2013. Buffett and his late first wife, Susan, gave and pledged billions to each of their three children to fund charitable foundations. Howard, an Illinois farmer, picked global hunger as his target.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett listens as his son Howard speaks during an interview in New York in 2013. Buffett and his late first wife, Susan, gave and pledged billions to each of their three children to fund charitable foundations. Howard, an Illinois farmer, picked global hunger as his target.Hide Caption32 of 43

Buffett spins a basketball with the help of Chris "Handles" Franklin, one of the Harlem Globetrotters, at the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in 2013. At left is football star Ndamukong Suh.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett spins a basketball with the help of Chris “Handles” Franklin, one of the Harlem Globetrotters, at the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in 2013. At left is football star Ndamukong Suh.Hide Caption33 of 43

Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger are seen on a giant screen during the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in 2013.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett and Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger are seen on a giant screen during the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in 2013.Hide Caption34 of 43

Buffett arrives for a conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2014.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett arrives for a conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2014.Hide Caption35 of 43

Buffett introduces products to shareholders before their annual meeting in 2014.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett introduces products to shareholders before their annual meeting in 2014.Hide Caption36 of 43

Buffett goofs off with Cleveland Cavaliers mascot Moon Dog prior to an NBA game in 2014.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett goofs off with Cleveland Cavaliers mascot Moon Dog prior to an NBA game in 2014.Hide Caption37 of 43

Buffett does an interview in 2015.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett does an interview in 2015.Hide Caption38 of 43

Buffett listens as presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during an event in Omaha in 2015. Buffett said at the rally that he was supporting Clinton's bid for president because they share a commitment to help the less affluent.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett listens as presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during an event in Omaha in 2015. Buffett said at the rally that he was supporting Clinton’s bid for president because they share a commitment to help the less affluent.Hide Caption39 of 43

Buffett attends the world premiere of "Becoming Warren Buffett," a documentary about his life, in 2017.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett attends the world premiere of “Becoming Warren Buffett,” a documentary about his life, in 2017.Hide Caption40 of 43

Buffett attends Forbes' 100th anniversary gala in New York in 2017.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett attends Forbes’ 100th anniversary gala in New York in 2017.Hide Caption41 of 43

Buffett walks through the exhibit hall during Berkshire Hathaway's shareholders meeting in 2019.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett walks through the exhibit hall during Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders meeting in 2019.Hide Caption42 of 43

Buffett speaks during Berkshire Hathaway's virtual shareholders meeting in May 2020.

PHOTOS: Warren Buffett: His life in picturesBuffett speaks during Berkshire Hathaway’s virtual shareholders meeting in May 2020.Hide Caption43 of 43

Warren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, attends an event in Washington, DC, in 2012. He is celebrating his 90th birthday this year.
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