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Video: Bon Jovi And Warren Buffett Play Ukuleles And Duet On Bette Midler’s “Glory Of Love”

Warren Buffett & Jon Bon Jovi: A Ukulele Duet For Charity
Randall Lane, Forbes Staff


On Tuesday more than 100 of America’s greatest entrepreneurs gathered in New York for the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, a private discussion of ways to help solve the world’s most intractable problems. The results from this historic meeting will be revealed in Forbes this fall.

But the most whimsical moment won’t wait (mostly because of a plethora of camera phones): a ukulele duet between Warren Buffett and Jon Bon Jovi.




Both spoke inspiring words at the Summit. Bon Jovi also co-hosted an end of the night reception, which raised awareness and money for his foundation. Knowing that Buffet played the ukulele, I asked him to join Bon Jovi ] for a song and he accepted, with one caveat: that they play “The Glory of Love,” popularized by…Bette Midler.

Buffett learned the ukulele 60 years ago, he told me, as a way to court girls (though the person it impressed most was his future father-in-law). The Midler song was one of only a handful of songs that he knew by heart, and having Jon learn the lyrics to that seemed a lot easier than having Warren bone up on the chords for “Livin’ on a Prayer” or “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

And so an odd bit of history was made. The end result: a charming duet from the wealthiest supergroup of all-time. And a fittingly charitable one. As Buffett emailed me a few days ago, reflecting on their soon-to-be performance:   “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.”

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