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Billionaires Wage Friendly Competition

3 December 2000

OMAHA, Nebraska -- Dec. 3, 2000 -- As reported by the Associated Press: "Two of the world's wealthiest men sat next to each other at a card table Saturday, both wearing scowls of concentration as they studied the cards held close to their chests.

"But this is no high stakes, Las Vegas poker game. In fact, it's not even a real game — just a couple of exhibition hands of bridge with nothing more at stake than the competitive natures of two men who've built empires from the ground up.

"Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates and his pal Warren Buffett, founder and chairman of investment company Berkshire Hathaway, faced off with their bridge partners before a crowd of spectators, media and friends before the start of a local bridge tournament.

"...`It's my house against his house,' Buffett joked on the way into the Omaha Bridge Club. But Gates, whose home and land in Washington state are valued at nearly $110 million, wasn't up for that wager.

"...Neither Gates nor Buffett played a perfect hand. Gates and Hamman won the first, before Buffett and Osberg rebounded on the second hand...."

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