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Buffett Lunch Turns Into Dinner for Crypto Faithful

Buffett Lunch Turns Into Dinner for Crypto Faithful
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Thursday, 06 February 2020 09:59 AM

Chinese cryptocurrency entrepreneur Justin Sun finally shared a meal with legendary investor Warren Buffett.

Back in July, the 29-year-old postponed a lunch meeting he had won with a record $4.57 million donation to a Buffett-supported charity, first citing health issues and than issuing a broad apology for touting the plan to dine with one of America’s richest people, noting it raised concerns among authorities.

Instead of lunch in San Francisco, Sun and four other crypto advocates met Buffett on Jan. 23 for a more than three-hour dinner that featured steaks and Coca-Cola at the Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, Nebraska. Buffett famously referred to Bitcoin as “probably rat poison squared” in 2018.

“Mr. Buffett shared a lot of his wisdom in business, investment and life in general,” according to Ryan Dennis, a spokesman for Tron, a network and digital token that Sun founded. “And of course there were a lot of conversations around blockchain and crypto. Crypto and blockchain are still at their infant stage, and Mr. Buffett said blockchain has its value. There are a lot of incredible companies in the payment realm, and it has huge demands. He believes blockchain technology will have a disruptive effect on the future of payment.”

Buffett’s assistant, Debbie Bosanek, said the pair had an “interesting and enjoyable discussion” at the dinner.

Sun’s guests were Charlie Lee, founder of the Litecoin Foundation; Chris Lee, chief financial officer of the Chinese exchange Huobi; Yoni Assia, chief executive of the trading platform eToro; and Helen Hai, head of Binance Charity Foundation.

Crypto Phone

Among a slew of gifts, Sun presented Buffett with a Samsung phone loaded with one Bitcoin and a number of Tron TRX coins that corresponded with the 89-year-old’s birthday.

After the dinner, Sun is considering joining the Giving Pledge with Buffett and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates to donate the bulk of his fortune to charity, Dennis said.

“Justin’s approach to entrepreneurship, his outlook on investments and business, in general, have evolved since dining with Mr. Buffett,” he said. “There were many learning opportunities and more details are yet to come.”

Sun’s earlier postponement came amid a flurry of speculation and articles claiming he was denied an exit visa from China and that his venture and his token faced investigation.

Sun used proceeds from an early investment in Bitcoin while in college to create Peiwo, a popular Snapchat-like app that has millions of users in China. He then created Tron and has expanded through acquisitions of companies such as file-sharing service BitTorrent and a stake in the crypto exchange Poloniex.

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