Warren Buffett, Rock Star?

March 19, 2010

Investment guru? Yes. Oracle of Omaha? Definitely. But Warren Buffet, Rock Star? That’s a new one. The world famous investment strategist and owner of Berkshire Hathaway has surprised again with his superstar cameo in a new commercial for U.S. Insurance giant Geico. Continue reading below for the full story, as well as pictures and video!

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WB, who owns stocks in Geico, appears imitating Axl from Guns n’ Roses in the advertisement, singing and swaying with the music on a faux stage. Not bad for a man who’s almost 80!

The Oracle of Omaha has been steadily popular since his initial rise to fame in the 1960’s when he earned his first million and bought Berkshire Hathaway. His investing advice has been sought by millions. Adding to his popularity, he pledged to give away 85% of his fame to charity in 2006 and has been doing so ever since.

Now, he’s cashing in on his fame, and using his public image to boost the companies he owns stock in. And he’s doing it with style. The Geico commercial begins with a standard telephone rep singing to a client “Jump online or call a rep / We’ll guide you through it step-by-step / Twenty-four-seven we’ll be there for you” and so on. Then on to some sort of mechanic singing, office singers, and finally Warren Buffett, Rock Star. WB sings (or attempts to sing) to an imaginary crowd, and looks like a cross between Axl Rose and Johnny Cash.

Still, you have got to love that the wizened investor can still have fun with his fame. This guy’s just doing everything right: making millions, giving most of it away, and appearing as Axl Rose on TV. What more could a man want?

What do you think of the attempt to depict a new Warren Buffet – Rock Star? Is it lame or awesome? Let me know in the comment section!

Don’t miss the pictures and the actual Geico commercial below!

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Photos: www.wenn.com Carrie Devorah

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