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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Look for ‘Crazy Warren’ Buffett Selling Jewelry at Borsheims

Susan Jacques, Borsheims president and CEO, shows Warren Buffett the special shareholder price of piece of jewelry during last year’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.
Borsheims jewelry store is one of the most popular stops for Berkshire Hathaway investors during the company’s annual weekend-long shareholders meeting. The retailer should expect to see greater crowds this year as Warren Buffet will once again be making the rounds as a jewelry salesman for the weekend.

Buffett made the announcement in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, released Saturday. It will be the second consecutive year that the “Sage of Omaha” will be selling jewelry for the shareholders weekend—which attracts more than 30,000 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, media members and other guests. Borsheims is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.

“On Sunday (May 6, 2012) around 2 p.m., I will be clerking at Borsheims, desperate to beat my sales figure from last year,” Buffett wrote. “So come take advantage of me. Ask me for my ‘Crazy Warren’ price.” 

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Buffett back among our sales staff. He set records last year in his brief stint behind the counter and we expect a longer stay from Mr. Buffett this year,” Borsheims wrote on its blog.

The jeweler was founded in 1870 and has been a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway since 1989. The store covers more than 62,500 square feet after its 2006 remodel, and maintains an inventory that includes more than 100,000 pieces. It also has a very large catalog and website business.

Buffett, if course, is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and is widely regarded as one the most successful investors in the world.