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Warren Buffett: Lady Di Called Bill Clinton 'Sexiest Man Alive'

Monday, 7 May 2012 | 12:53 PM ET
Princess Diana, Bill Clinton split
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Princess Diana, Bill Clinton split

Warren Buffett revealed a secret he's been keeping for years about something Diana, Princess of Wales, said at a party he attended just before she died in 1997.

Here's the story as recounted by the Berkshire Hathaway CEO in today's three-hour Squawk Box appearance:

BECKY: Hm, OK. Warren, just a little bit out of left field here, you did an interview, I don't know, about a month ago or something, where you were asked who was the most difficult person you've ever had time talking to. And you came up with an interesting answer.

BUFFETT: Well, it was Jackie Kennedy and Princess Di.

BECKY: Yeah.

BUFFETT: Yeah. I was in a room alone one time with Princess Di at a party. Somehow we found ourselves in this library and I — in 15 minutes, I don't think I could take it. I had trouble remembering my name, I couldn't — I couldn't think of anything to say, and it was a total disaster.

And then — but the more interesting thing is, I only met her one other time. It was a party at (Washington Post publisher) Kay Graham's house, which was where the first party was, and it was shortly before her death, very shortly before her death. And I was at the table, they put me across the table after my previous disaster. But she was sitting between Barry Diller and

Princess Diana meets with Hillary Rodham Clinton at The White House on June 18, 1997.
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Princess Diana meets with Hillary Rodham Clinton at The White House on June 18, 1997.

Teddy Forstmann. And after she died a few weeks later, all these papers called and said, `What did she talk about that evening?' I didn't tell them, but I will tell you today that a comment she made, which was absolutely true, and I can see Barry and Teddy's faces as she said it. She had been at the White House that day and she said that Bill Clinton was the sexiest man alive. And I didn't ask her who the least sexy guy in the world alive was. I was afraid I might get my play in there.

QUICK: Wow.

BUFFETT: But Barry and Teddy, they tried to keep their faces steady as she made that proclamation. But that's the last thing I heard from her before she died.

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