Billionaire to sing, strum guitar on website of CCTV

Beijing– This is a truly rich way to see in the Year of the Dragon.

Billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett is expanding his repertoire beyond canny stock-picking to sing and play guitar on the “Chinese Lunar New Year Gala” on pubcaster CCTV’s website.

The 81-year-old investment guru, known as the “Oracle of Omaha,” has already recorded his performance, which is to be aired on Jan. 23, the official Xinhua news agency said. The song title was not revealed.

The Berkshire Hathaway prexy has showbiz form, having dressed up as Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose last year to sing on an advert for Geico Insurance, in which he has shares.

“Each year we invite Chinese and international celebrities to perform and send greetings,” said Luo Yan from Long Legacy Intl. Communications, a company jointly holding the event with China Network Television. “Buffett is one of them.”

The gala will be broadcast on CNTV.cn, and will also feature Hong Kong multihypenate Jackie Chan. A condensed version of the show will air on CCTV.

Buffett, along with Microsoft founder Bill Gates, has been active in encouraging China’s growing army of super-rich to get into donating their huge wealth to charity, as he does.

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