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CNBC PRESENTS A SPECIAL TOWN HALL EVENT: "WARREN BUFFETT AND BILL GATES: KEEPING AMERICA GREAT" ON NOVEMBER 12TH AT 9PM ET/PT

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, Two of the Most Successful Men in Business, Take Questions From The Next Generation of Business Leaders

Moderated by CNBC's Becky Quick From Columbia Business School in New York City

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., November 9, 2009- They are American icons, Champions of Capitalism and the embodiment of the American Dream. Two self-made billionaires – one redefined an industry and the other the modern investor.

On Thursday, November 12th at 9PM ET/PT, from Columbia Business School in New York City, CNBC brings together two of the most successful men in business – Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (and Columbia Business School alumnus), and Bill Gates, Chairman Microsoft Corp. and Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – for a special town hall event. Columbia Business School's best and brightest minds have a chance to ask whatever they'd like of the two greatest capitalists of our generation.

CNBC's "Warren Buffett and Bill Gates: Keeping America Great," moderated by CNBC's Becky Quick, will broadcast globally across the CNBC network.*

In a rare and exclusive television event, Buffett and Gates share their secrets of success and guide the next generation of business leaders on the future of Wall Street. The billionaire-philanthropists take questions from Columbia Business School's students on today's hottest topics including the economy, America's status as a financial superpower, the future of capitalism, the state of the American Dream and corporate social responsibility.

"I've enjoyed my past visits to Columbia, but know this one will be particularly fun as Warren and I get to spend time at his Alma Mater with students from the Business School," said Bill Gates.

"One of Columbia Business School's greatest strengths is the power of the innovative ideas that come from faculty, students and alumni," said Glenn Hubbard, Dean of Columbia Business School. "We're delighted to welcome Warren Buffet MS '51 back to campus and, with Bill Gates, to engage in a thoughtful discussion with our students across a range of topics."

"America is at an inflection point and it is our responsibility as the leader in business news to educate and teach the next generation," said Susan Krakower, Senior Vice President, Strategic Programming and Development, CNBC. "And, what better way to do this than bringing two of the greatest capitalists together in one room to share their secrets for keeping America great."

CNBC's Becky Quick is co-anchor of "Squawk Box," (M-F, 6 -9 a.m. ET) CNBC's signature morning program.

CNBC's "Warren Buffett and Bill Gates: Keeping America Great" airs on Thursday, November 12th at 9PM ET and 12AM ET on CNBC. The special town hall event will repeat on Sunday, November 15th at 10PM ET on CNBC.

For more information about "Warren Buffett and Bill Gates: Keeping America Great," go to: buffettgates.cnbc.com. In addition, CNBC.com's "Warren Buffett Watch" will be blogging from inside the town hall. For coverage of the event including video clips, go to: buffettwatch.cnbc.com.

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