Warren Buffett & Jon Bon Jovi: A Ukulele Duet For Charity
Randall Lane, Forbes Staff
On Tuesday more than 100 of Americaâ€™s greatest entrepreneurs gathered in New York for the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, a private discussion of ways to help solve the worldâ€™s most intractable problems. The results from this historic meeting will be revealed in Forbes this fall.
Both spoke inspiring words at the Summit. Bon JoviÂ 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 JoviÂ ] for a song and he accepted, with one caveat: that they play â€œThe Glory of Love,â€ popularized byâ€¦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 WarrenÂ bone up on the chords for â€œLivinâ€™ on a Prayerâ€ or â€œWanted Dead or Alive.â€
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: Â Â â€œThe first line of â€˜The Glory of Love,â€™ incidentally, is â€˜Youâ€™ve got to give a little.â€™Â So I think itâ€™s quite appropriate for the occasion.â€