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14 Things Warren Buffett Should Auction Off Along With His All-You-Can-Eat See's Candy Factory Tour

For charity, of course.

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Billionaire investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett is spinning some good out of one of the many companies he owns via Berkshire Hathaway's extensive portfolio by auctioning off an all-you-can-eat charity tour of the See's Candy factory in Los Angeles. (The good comes from the charity part, not the gorging on candy.)

Bidding for the event, which includes a meet-and-greet with Buffett complete with his demonstration of "the only acceptable way to eat a bonbon," has already reached $40,000 with two weeks left to go. That got us thinking: what else could Buffett auction? After all, Berkshire Hathaway, where Buffett holds the titles of chairman and CEO, controls more than 50 companies from Dairy Queen to Geico, and had annual sales of $162 billion last year.

Here are a few ideas that Warren should consider:

1. Spend the day creating a new signature Blizzard flavor with Buffett at Dairy Queen's Edina, Minnesota headquarters.

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With mint-chocolate chip ice cream the color of dollar bills.


7. Take a cross-country trip alongside the conductor on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train.

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Alas, BNSF doesn't operate many passenger trains, though it has done special events where it runs those.

Buffett can join for a leg of the trip.


12. Spend one hour poring through World Book encyclopedias with Buffett.

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It's owned by Scott Fetzer, which is a unit of Berkshire Hathaway.

He just looks like the kind of person you want to read with. Perhaps start with "I" for "investing."

13. Observe the more than 100 steps it takes to make Justin brand boots in Texas.

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Unfortunately, you can't eat them.

14. Go door-to-door with Buffett selling insurance for a day.

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Let's not forget, as delightful as See's Candy and Dairy Queen are, Warren Buffett is, above all, an insurance magnate.

Sapna Maheshwari is a business reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Maheshwari reports on retail and e-commerce.

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Matthew Zeitlin is a business reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Zeitlin reports on Wall Street and big banks.

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