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Warren Buffett wouldn't be interested in purchasing the Bills

By Tim Graham

Anybody with a billion dollars and a connection to Western New York has been suggested as a future Buffalo Bills owner.

Scratch Buffalo News owner Warren Buffett from that list.

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 his portfolio.

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 tempted."

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.


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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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