Billionaire Warren Buffett is turning to his ukulele to pay tribute to a century of Coca-Cola’s iconic bottle, singing his own ode to the company he has long championed.
In a video released at Coca-Cola’s shareholder meeting on Wednesday, Buffett appears with his ukulele to belt out his own version of “I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke,” the iconic tune from the brand’s 1970s commercials. Celebrating the centennial of Coca-Cola’s signature bottle, the 84-year-old Buffett took a moment to champion the soda he famously loves, the Huffington Post reports.
“I’d like to buy the world a coke and keep it company,” Buffett sings in the minute-long-clip. “Of course, I could buy the world a coke, but I’m not sure my shareholders would go for that.”
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Earlier this year, Buffett made headlines when he discussed his unique dietary preferences. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the billionaire described his fondness for the drink to Fortune’s Patricia Sellers, bragging that he had referenced actuarial tables analyzing mortality and decided to eat “like a six-year-old.”
“I’m one quarter Coca-Cola,” Buffett stated. “If I eat 2,700 calories a day, a quarter of that is Coca-Cola. I drink at least five 12-ounce servings. I do it everyday.”
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Buffett has publicly stated that he prefers to drink regular Coke at the office, saving Cherry Coke for home. His conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway, owns roughly nine percent of the company, a stock interest worth $16 billion. Last year, Buffett made headlines when he reportedly pressured Coca-Cola to change its executive compensation plans amid stark criticism from shareholders.
Having learned to play the ukulele in college, Buffett is no stranger to singing. As Marketwatch notes, he has appeared in several videos for companies owned by Berkshire Hathaway, and is known for serenading shareholders at the company’s annual meetings. Teaming up with Paul Anka in 2014, Buffet also sang a duet with Jon Bon Jovi at the 2012 Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy.
“Finally, groupies! I’ve been waiting all my life,” the CEO joked.
Buffett also famously spoofed Axl Rose in a commercial for Geico, a company wholly owned by Berkshire Hathaway, and has performed on Chinese state television.
As thousands of investors descend on Omaha this weekend to attend Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting, it seems likely they can expect to see Buffett take up his ukulele once again. This year’s meeting marks the 50th anniversary of Buffett and Charlie Munger’s tenure at the head of the company, and as it promises to be a monumental occasion, Warren Buffet will no doubt have every reason to sing.
[Image: The Coca-Cola Company via MarketWatch]