With all the statistics that business magnate Warren Buffett stores in his brain, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Berkshire Hathaway's largest shareholder counts calories. Specifically, those consumed via soft drinks, or so he's quoted in a story in Sunday's Wall Street Journal.
The Oracle of Omaha, who says he drinks about 750 calories of Cherry Coca-Cola a day, or about five cans' worth, addressed his soft-drink consumption when queried about Berkshire Hathaway's large position with the soft-drink producer (Berkshire owns about 9 percent Coca-Cola, valued at $18 billion).
He reportedly told one questioner at the annual shareholders' shindig in Omaha, Neb., that he chooses to get his daily calories from "things that make me feel good when I eat them, and that's my sole criteria."
He is further quoted as saying, "I've not seen evidence that convinces me I'll be more likely to make it to 100 if I suddenly switched to water and broccoli." Buffet has joked that he is "one-quarter Coke."
It's a refreshing perspective for those of us who choose to accumulate our calories through wine (which evidence suggests might hold considerably more health benefits than cola).