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2012: How is Buffett feeling?
ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: Well, Warren, I should say I was not planning to ask you this question, but in the past hour, I’ve received probably two dozen emails from shareholders in this room who want the question asked, so I will ask it, and it’s a very simple question. How are you feeling?
WARREN BUFFETT: I feel terrific. And — I always feel terrific, incidentally. That’s not news. (Applause)
I love what I do. I work with people I love. It’s more fun every day.
And it — basically, I seem to have a good immune system. You know, I mean, my diet is such that, you know, as any fool can plainly see, I’m eating properly. (Laughter)
All I can say is it works.
And I have four doctors, at least a few of them, I think, own Berkshire Hathaway.
Not a screen I put everybody through, but —
And my wife and my daughter and I listened to the four of them for an hour and a half about two weeks ago.
And they described various alternatives, and none of them — well, not that — the ones that they recommend, you know, do not involve a day of hospitalization.
They don’t require me to take a day off from work. The survival numbers are way up. I read one where it’s 99 1/2 percent for 10 years.
So, you know, maybe I’ll get shot by a jealous husband, but — (laughter) — this is not — this is a really minor event, and Charlie will tell you how minor it is.
CHARLIE MUNGER: Well, as a matter of fact, I rather resent all this attention and sympathy Warren is getting. (Laughter)
I probably have more prostate cancer than he does. (Laughter)
WARREN BUFFETT: He’s bragging.
CHARLIE MUNGER: I don’t know because I don’t let them test for it. (Laughter and applause)
WARREN BUFFETT: He’s not kidding. (Laughs)
CHARLIE MUNGER: At any rate, I want the sympathy. (Laughter)
WARREN BUFFETT: My secretary was getting too much attention, so I decided I had to throw the spotlight back on myself. (Laughter)
In all seriousness, it is a nonevent, yeah.
The Med Center is about two minutes from the office, and for two months, I’ll have to drop over there every afternoon and it will take a few minutes. And I may have a little less energy, but that may mean I do fewer dumb things, who knows? (Laughter)