Warren Buffett serenades China with ukulele performance

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, January 23, 2012 11:19 EDT
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Billionaire investor Warren Buffett plays the ukulele and sings "I've Been Working on the Railroad" during a Chinese state TV broadcast. Image: Screengrab via CCTV.
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Billionaire investor Warren Buffett isn’t the first person you’d think of when ukulele performances become the topic of conversation. Nevertheless, the 81-year-old appeared during a Chinese New Year broadcast aired Sunday, playing his ukulele and singing “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”

The video was apparently recorded over a year ago and only just released after Buffett gave his permission. The billionaire has a cult-like following in China among businessmen who hope to emulate his investment strategies. The New Year gala aired on Sunday was part of a much longer presentation put on by state television.

It’s not the first time Buffett has shown off his musical talents: In a video shot at the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders’ meeting in 2008, Buffett joined the Quebe Sisters Band for a performance of “Red River Valley.”

This video is from the annual Spring Festival TV gala put on by China’s CCTV.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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