Buffett, who is, at 88 years old, as sharp as ever, likes how bridge keeps him on his toes.
"You can play a hand every six or seven minutes every day for the rest of your life, and you will never see the same hand," he told Heath. "It's a game you can enjoy when you are in your 90s, and you are seeing a different intellectual challenge every seven minutes."
It's not too surprising that billionaires Buffett and Gates make time for a game that gets them thinking. Author Steve Siebold, who has studied more than 1,000 wealthy people, found that they would generally rather be educated than entertained. "The rich like entertainment but love to learn, and they spend their entire lives soaking up information and using it to get richer every day," he writes in his book, "How Rich People Think."
The card game may also keep the billionaires sharp for longer: Those who engage in mentally stimulating activities experience slower memory decline than those who do not, research published in the Journal of American Academy of Neurology finds.
And bridge may be the most mentally stimulating activity out there, according to Buffett: "It's the best exercise there is for the brain," he told Heath.
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