Warren Buffett Charity Lunch Winner Still a Secret
The winner of this year's Warren Buffett "Power Lunch" charity auction is still a secret, and it appears likely that secret won't be revealed anytime soon.
He or she (or they) paid a bargain price of $1,000,100. Last year's winner (also still anonymous) paid $3,456,789 for a steak with Buffett.
This year's high bid is the lowest since 2007 when value investor Mohnish Pabrai paid a then-record $650,100.
Ted Weschler, who was hired as a Berkshire Hathaway portfolio manager after sharing two meals with Buffett, paid a total of $5.3 million in 2010 and 2011.
While the beneficiary of the auctions, San Francisco's Glide, may be disappointed this year, it's keeping it positive.
Rev. Cecil Williams, Glide's founder, told Reuters, "We never know what will come. So we are very proud about (the auction results), and we feel we are on the right direction, doing the right thing, and making it count." He said fundraising efforts will continue to fund Glide's $17 million annual budget.
As Williams' wife, Janice Mirikitani, told supporters, "A million dollars is nothing to sneeze at. Thank you very much."
—By CNBC's Alex Crippen.