At Berkshire Hathaway’s 2019 annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett took a break from their busy schedules and visited Dairy Queen for lunch. Buffett, a longtime customer and owner of Dairy Queen through the acquisition of Berkshire Hathaway in 1998, wanted to experience the restaurant’s operations firsthand.
One thing that caught Gates and Buffett’s attention was the way Dairy Queen serves its popular menu item, the Blizzard. Each Blizzard is served upside down, showcasing its thickness and defying gravity. This practice reflects Dairy Queen’s unique philosophy of thinking differently and adopting an upside-down perspective.
During their visit, Gates and Buffett not only enjoyed their meal, but also learned various aspects of dining. They manned the cash register, greeted customers, and mastered the art of making Blizzards, making sure everyone was served with a smile and bowled over.
In a blog post, Gates highlighted the appeal of the Blizzard and the symbolic meaning of serving it upside down. He quoted a Dairy Queen executive who explained that “thinking differently and celebrating an upside-down philosophy is deeply embedded in the DQ system”.
Gates also expressed admiration for Buffett’s unconventional mindset. He pointed to Buffett’s habit of spending hours reading in his office and the patience he shows while waiting for desired results. Gates noted Buffett’s ability to think differently about everything and shared Buffett’s famous quote, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
During their visit to Dairy Queen, Gates discovered another intriguing aspect of Buffett’s life: his unusual breakfast routine. Instead of ending the day with dessert, Buffett starts it with Oreos and ice cream — or sometimes McDonald’s.
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Gates concluded by sharing his experience training with Buffett at Dairy Queen. He playfully mentioned that he might have picked up Blizzard’s creative skills faster than Buffett, but left it up to viewers to judge by watching the accompanying video.
In a light-hearted tone, Gates speculated that now that Buffett has mastered the art of making Blizzards, they could become a regular part of his breakfast menu, with a caveat to be careful when you do them. go back.
Buffett understands the value of investing in things he loves, like Dairy Queen, as well as things like health insurance. While he is recognized for his investments in the health insurance sector, his approach is anything but conventional.
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