08/04/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Zhao Danyang, Wu-Mart Advocate, Turns Buffett Lunch Into A Windfall

A Chinese businessman named Zhao Danyang paid a record $2.1 million in a charity auction on eBay last year to win a lunch date with one of his heroes: Warren E. Buffett, the so-called Oracle of Omaha.

This was a chance to get close to the world's greatest stock picker, Mr. Zhao says, and to pick his brain about investing, the global financial crisis and philanthropy.