By Tim Graham
Anybody with a billion dollars and a connection to Western New York has been suggested as a future Buffalo
Scratch Buffalo News owner Warren Buffett from that
Buffett is so loaded he could purchase the Bills and not even feel
it. But at 82 years old, he said he's not interested in adding an NFL club to
Buffett is fourth on the Forbes' annual list of the world's
richest people, with an estimated worth of $53.5 billion, or about 18 times
what Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula is worth.
"If I were rich and somewhat younger, and lived in Buffalo, I'd buy them in
a second," Buffett said Wednesday while visiting The Buffalo News' downtown
offices for a celebration to honor retired publisher Stanford Lipsey.
"But I'm not taking on new things that my heirs will
want to wrestle with. There would have been a time when I would have been very
Buffett is the primary shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway,
a conglomerate that along with 3G Capital recently agreed to take H.J. Heinz private for $23.3 billion.
Forbes last year estimated the Bills are worth $805 million.
Berkshire Hathaway owns all or part of Coca-Cola, IBM, American
Express, Wells Fargo, Kraft Foods, GEICO, Dairy Queen, Fruit of the Loom,
Helzberg Diamonds and The News.