As of late, I’ve been getting a lot of requests to share some of the stories, video clips and pictures from my LeBron vault. So without further ado, LeBronJames.com presents…”The LeBron Time Machine: LeBron has dinner with Bill Gates & Warren Buffett.”
This video clip is from 2008 before the Beijing Olympics. At the time, I was working for Microsoft helping put together content for Bron’s site, LeBron.msn.com. The funny thing about the clip was the lead up to the dinner. I was hanging out with LeBron’s business manager, Maverick Carter (CEO of LRMR Marketing), who invited me to breakfast that morning. It was my first time in Vegas so everything was new to me. When I landed, I actually took the time to take a picture of the slot machines in the airport terminal. I had never seen a slot machine before…go figure.
At breakfast, I remember sitting with Maverick at one of the Wynn eateries and seeing a lot of the old-school players and coaches for the first time. What I remember most is seeing the late Hall of Fame coach Chuck Daly and legendary Worldwide Wes talk about how the league had changed since Daly had coached the Pistons.
After breakfast, Maverick asked me to follow him. I’m not sure exactly where we were going possibly to meet up with LeBron, but I vividly can recall what happened next. I was trailing Mav as he left the restaurant. I wasn’t really paying attention, but I heard him greeting someone as we walked into a small ballroom. To my surprise as I looked up, I noticed it was Warren Buffett, who at the time was the wealthiest man in the world.
The first thing you have to understand about me is that I’m a business and entrepreneurial information junkie so I’m absolutely floored to see Warren. I’m walking up to Maverick and Warren, thinking of what to say of course when suddenly I hear the door open behind me and this squeaky voice. The voice walks by me, puts his hand on Warren’s shoulder, turns to Maverick and offers his hand. “Hi, I’m Bill.” he says. I stood there like a statue with my jaw on the floor. Here were the two most powerful and wealthiest men in the world with a combined worth of $100-120 billion, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. No security, no assistants, just them.