Warren Buffett’s 10 Most Favorite Foods That Keep Him Young
You might not be a billionaire, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live like one. Warren Buffett, the 86-year-old Berkshire Hathaway CEO, is worth more than $76 billion, but he still lives in the same Omaha house he bought back in 1958. (To be fair, he also owns an ocean-view home in Laguna Beach, California, that’s on the market for $11 million.)
The Oracle of Omaha’s tastes in food are similarly modest. The world’s most famous investor doesn’t dine on caviar every night or indulge in a $10,000 bottle of wine at dinner. He isn’t in the habit of slaughtering his own meat like Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, nor does he prefer gluten-free health-food cookies for breakfast like Mark Cuban.
So what does Warren Buffett eat? Think old-fashioned American classics, such as Coke, cheeseburgers, and ice cream. “I eat like a 6-year-old,” he admitted to Fortune, claiming the diet helps keep him young. “I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among 6-year-olds,” he said.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the foods you’ll find on Warren Buffett’s plate, as well as the ways some of his dietary preferences influence his investments.
“I’m one quarter Coca-Cola,” Buffett told Fortune, confessing that he drinks at least five cans of Coke every day. At the office, he usually sips regular Coke, while at home, he prefers Cherry Coke. His face even graces bottles of Cherry Coke in China.
As an investor, he puts his money where his mouth is — literally. Berkshire Hathaway owns 9% of Coca-Cola, which has prompted criticism from some, who say the beverage company’s products are contributing to obesity. Buffett doesn’t want to hear it. “I think Coca-Cola has been a very positive factor in the country and the world. And I really don’t want anyone telling me I can’t drink it. I think there’s something in longevity of feeling happy about your life,” he said at the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting.
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2. McDonald’s bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos may indulge in octopus for breakfast, but Buffett prefers a less exotic morning meal. Before heading to his Omaha office, he swings by McDonald’s, where he orders one of three things, depending on how rich he’s feeling that day.
“I tell my wife, as I shave in the morning, I say, ‘Either $2.61, $2.95 or $3.17.’ And she puts that amount in the little cup by me here [in the car],” he said in the documentary, Becoming Warren Buffett. “When I’m not feeling quite so prosperous, I might go with the $2.61, which is two sausage patties, and then I put them together and pour myself a Coke … $3.17 is a bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit,” while the $2.95 option is the sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit.
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3. See’s peanut brittle
Buffett has quite the sweet tooth. In addition to downing gallons of Coke, he also likes to nibble on treats, such as peanut brittle and fudge, especially those manufactured by See’s Candies. Berkshire Hathaway bought the confectionery company back in 1972, and Buffett has said the investment marked a turning point in his business strategy.
“Watching See’s in action, I gained a business education about the value of powerful brands that opened my eyes to many other profitable investments,” Buffett wrote in his 2015 letter to shareholders.
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4. Veal parm
OK, so not everything that passes Buffett’s lips is laced with sugar, nor does he only eat food from companies in which he has a stake. One of his favorite restaurants in Omaha was the now-shuttered Piccolo’s. Before the old-school steakhouse shut its doors in 2015, Buffett could often be found at a table indulging in a plate of veal or chicken parmigiana, Donna Sheehan, the restaurant’s co-owner, told CNBC in 2007. “He never orders any vegetables,” she added.
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5. T-bone steak
As a native Nebraskan, you can bet Buffett appreciates a good steak. At Gorat’s Steakhouse in Omaha, another one of his favorite dining spots, he usually orders the $38, 22-ounce T-bone steak. But he isn’t too fussy about his cuts. “I like all steaks. … I like beef,” he told Yahoo Finance in 2016. And in one of the few mentions we could find of Buffett actually eating vegetables, he reportedly enjoys his steak alongside a salad with blue cheese dressing.
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6. Hash browns
Buffett is definitely a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy. He reportedly enjoys his Gorat’s T-bone with a side of double hash browns and washes everything down with his signature glass of Cherry Coke. He meal is similar when he visits other steakhouses. At a 2008 dinner at Smith & Wollensky in New York, Buffett was perfectly predictable, ordering a medium-rare steak, hash browns, and that ever-present glass of Cherry Coke.
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Beef at dinner; beef at lunch. If Buffett happens to hit Gorat’s for a midday meal, chances are he’ll order a sirloin burger, according to the Omaha World-Herald. (He also enjoys an open-faced turkey sandwich with Thousand Island dressing and bacon.)
Buffett firmly believes other Americans share his love for cheeseburgers. Not only does his company own Dairy Queen, which serves up burgers along with its signature frozen treats, but he also made a pretty penny when he made a big bet on Burger King in 2014, according to Forbes.
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8. UTZ Potato Stix
What does Buffett reach for when he gets the midday munchies? Shoestring potatoes — specifically, those made by Hanover, Pennsylvania-based UTZ. In fact, he loves the crispy, salty snacks so much he’s considered buying the company, he told Fortune, though its small size ultimately meant it didn’t make sense as an investment for Berkshire Hathaway. And in any case, the privately owned company has said it’s not for sale.
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9. Root beer floats
Buffett’s love for ice cream is no joke. He’s even admitted to occasionally indulging in a bowl of mint chocolate chip for breakfast. But his favorite after-dinner treat is a root beer float, which he always ordered after a meal at Piccolo’s. He favored the large version of the treat, which went for $6. Ordering a small was for “sissies,” he said, according to Marketwatch.
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10. Dairy Queen sundaes
Berkshire Hathaway has owned Dairy Queen since 1997, and Buffett is known to be a fan of the fast food chain’s offerings. He likes to visit the restaurant with his great-grandchildren and grab an ice cream treat.
“What I usually get is a sundae. I get the small sundae for the ice cream and the extra large sundae for the topping. So I mean, I just smother in the cherry topping and then pour a lot of nuts on it,” he told Yahoo Finance.
Sound a bit indulgent? It might be, but Buffett likes eating food that makes him happy. He believes other Americans do, too, and that’s one reason junk food purveyors are part of his portfolio. The food might not be healthy, but it tastes good. And that keeps people coming back and the money rolling in. “I don’t see smiles on the faces of people at Whole Foods,” he said at the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting.