The $147bn team photo: Warren Buffett takes to the stage with fellow billionaires and Diddy for Forbes' 100th birthday party

12:41 • 21.09.17

The place to be Tuesday night in Manhattan wasn't uptown near the UN - but rather downtown where dozens of the richest and most important people in the world were gathered at Chelsea Piers to celebrate the magazine that celebrates capitalism.

Billionaire Warren Buffett was joined by a roll call of the world's richest people on to celebrate Forbes' 100 anniversary.

Among those on stage were billionaires Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO of Chobani; Vegas tycoon Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts; Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, former GE boss Jack Welch; entrepreneur and investor Philip Anschutz; Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner and investor Ray Dalio.

Joining the billionaires on stage was Sean 'Diddy' Combs, who's worth $820million, the Daily Mail reports.

The net worth of the people on stage when Buffett spoke totaled $147billion.

The event on Tuesday at Manhattan's Pier Sixty was a celebration of the business magazine's 100th anniversary, as well as an annual philanthropy summit which had been held earlier in the day.

The gala coincided with the release of a special edition of Forbes honoring “100 of the world's greatest living business minds.”

The list includes some of the biggest names in the business world and philanthropy, including Sheldon Adelson, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, Bono, Michael Dell, Diddy, Giorgio Armani, Barry Diller, Rupert Murdoch, Elon Musk, Paul McCartney, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Richard Branson.

Buffett is on the cover of the special centennial edition.

As part of the entertainment for the night, Buffett joined pop music legend Stevie Wonder for a duet at the star-studded gala.

The Berkshire Hathaway CEO and Wonder sang a duet of the classic hit The Glory of Love, a single written by Billy Hill and first recorded by Benny Goodman in 1936.

In his remarks to those attending the gala, Buffett expressed optimism about the future of the United States in an era of global instability.


“Whenever I hear people talk pessimistically about this country, I think they're out of their mind,” the “Sage of Omaha' said on Tuesday night.

The billionaire has transformed Berkshire since 1965 from a failing textile company into a conglomerate with more than 90 businesses in such sectors as insurance, railroads, energy and retail, and well over $100billion of stocks.

Buffett said he expects the Dow Jones Industrial Average to be “over 1 million” in 100 years, up from Tuesday's close of 22,370.80.


He said that's not unreasonable, given how the index was roughly 81 a century ago.

 Onstage was (from left) Jeff Koons, Barry Diller, Yuri Milner, Arthur Blank, Patrice Motsepe, Jacqueline Novogratz, Eli Broad, James Patterson, Steve Case, Martine Rothblatt, Hamdi Ulukaya, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Buffet, Craig Venter, Ray Dalio, Sandy Weill, Larry Gagosian, Jack Welch, Mohammad Yunus, Steve Wynn and Jerry Jones

James Patterson, from left, Steve Case, Martine Rothblatt, Hamdi Ulukaya, Warren Buffett, Craig Venter, Ray Dalio, Sandy Weill and Jack Welch and others attend the Forbes 100th Anniversary Gala at Pier Sixty on Tuesday

The event on Tuesday at Manhattan's Chelsea Piers was a celebration of the business magazine's 100th anniversary, as well as an annual philanthropy summit

In his remarks to those attending the gala, the 'Sage of Omaha' expressed optimism about the future of the United States in an era of global instability

Buffett said he expects the Dow Jones Industrial Average to be 'over 1 million' in 100 years, up from Tuesday's close of 22,370.80. He is seen on stage at the gala with 24 other philanthropists and influential business people




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