Warren Buffett is the (only?) man in attendance at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit (MPW), which he joins every year. This time he came with a special guest, bringing out singer-songwriter Paul Anka, who originally wrote the song My Way upon the retirement of Frank Sinatra. The unlikely duo sang a new version of the song to Fortune’s Carol Loomis, who recently retired from her post as Senior Editor at Large.
“Carol told me this was the best night of her life,” Buffett, her close friend, reportedly said as he walked out of the celebration.
Warren Buffett – A meeting of minds
Since its inception, the MPW summit has become essential viewing for ambitious and already established women, and speakers this year include IBM Chairman and CEO Ginny Rometty, actress Gwen Paltrow and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, as well as Buffett himself.
— Fortune MPW (@FortuneMPW) October 7, 2014
Every year, Buffett takes the opportunity to show his appreciation for the work of female executives, and often speaks out on the issue of gender equality. Buffett is one of the world’s biggest philanthropists, having pledged to give away half of his fortune, and is also responsible for urging other wealthy individuals to sign a Giving Pledge.
Warren Buffett – A force for good?
Buffett’s efforts to promote gender equality, and use his wealth to benefit others, position him as the hero to the villain that is the Koch Brothers to progressives, who have been accused of trying to buy the democratically elected government of the United States.
Warren Buffett himself spoke out on the issue, claiming that he would use his money to counteract any efforts to influence government policy, stating that “wherever they put their money to move our government in the direction they want, I’ll put my money to move it in the other direction.”
Speaking at the MPW summit, Buffett added his thoughts on the 2016 presidential election, claiming that Hilary Clinton will run and win.
“Hilary is going to win,” Buffett said, “I will bet money on it, I don’t do that easily.”
Warren Buffett’s full speech at the conference is embedded below