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Bill Gates and Warren Buffett got all nostalgic in an adorable video inside a vintage candy shop

Business Insider logo Business Insider 6/22/2018 Jake Kanter
a man drinking a glass of red wine© Bill Gates/YouTube

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett took a trip down memory lane in a short film inside a vintage candy shop.

Gates posted the video on YouTube and blogged on his website about the visit to Fairmont Antiques & Mercantile in Omaha, Nebraska, during Berkshire Hathaway's shareholder meeting on May 5.

The pair have been friends for more than 27 years and Gates said he feels like "a kid in a candy store" whenever they are together - and not just because of Buffett's famous sweet tooth.

During the three-minute video, Gates and Buffett ruminate on their favourite candy. Peanut brittle was Gates' choice, while Buffett was a little more conflicted, listing Cracker Jacks, Whoppers, and Milk Duds as he perused the shelves. "I like almost everything," he laughed.

The duo also swapped stories of their first business ventures, before they built their Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway empires.

a man standing in front of a store© Bill Gates/YouTube

Buffett's first taste of entrepreneurialism came in the shape of pinball machines, a memory triggered by Fairmont Antiques & Mercantile's collection of the arcade games. Buffett said it was the best thing he ever did.

"I bought a machine for $25 in 1946 [and] built a small empire out of it," he told Gates. "It was the best business I was ever in, I peaked very early in my business career. It's been all downhill ever since."

Bill Gates wearing glasses© Bill Gates/YouTube

Gates, meanwhile, found a 1974 edition of tech magazine Popular Electronics. It featured an article on the start of the personal computing industry, which proved to be the catalyst for the launch of Microsoft.

"We saw it in December '74 and then Paul [Allen] was saying: 'You've got to drop out, you've got to start Microsoft. This is going to happen without us.' In fact, this company who made this, they became our first customer."

Buffett responded: "I'd heard the story, but I'd never seen the magazine before. Frankly, if I'd read it, I wouldn't have known what to do with it."

Finally, the pair flicked through old records and had a sugary drink. Gates revealed that Willie Nelson sung on the eve of his wedding, while Buffett hummed Glenn Miller.

You can watch the full video here:


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