I sense some judgment from the Bloomberg reporter here re: the Oracle Of O not knowing how to check voicemail to which we say, why should he? Big B's got 5 nubile young secretaries perched on his desk hired exclusively for that purpose (in addition to, of course, being available on the ready for some motorboating action, and feeding him Oreo Blizzards).
Billionaire Warren Buffett said he was approached a year ago about insuring Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s assets before the investment bank filed for bankruptcy and didn't receive financial documents he requested.
Buffett was asked about backing Lehman while Barclays Plc weighed a bid for the firm, he said today at a conference. He didn't receive the information that he requested be sent to him by facsimile and later learned that there was a voice mail that he missed because he didn't know how to retrieve it, Buffett said. New York-based Lehman filed for bankruptcy a year ago.
Update: A Fortune reporter caught up with WB later and he had this to say, which makes me question the whole story:
I caught up with Buffett afterward, and asked him whether, in retrospect, he might have gone for the deal. He pulled the simple little Samsung phone out of his pocket and pondered it for a moment. It's entirely possible, he suggested. "I don't know."
I would possibly buy the "I don't know how to check voicemail line" if he was one of those olds who, like, didn't interact with technology whatsoever. Had other people check his email, had an assistant carry his phone and take calls, etc. The fact that he has the cell in his pocket seems to indicate he knows damn well how to how to retrieve a message, and that this story is a crock, cooked up for the ladies in the audience (the conference was for Fortune's Women In Power), which would obviously make sense.