As Walter Sobchak once said someone else said, “If you will it, it is no dream.” Alessandro Proto aspires to be the personification of the aphorism. Ever since a certain bit of fan fic became the best-selling book since the Bible and a terrible movie, he’s been claiming to be the real-life inspiration for 50 Shades of Grey’s Christian Grey, even though the real-life inspiration for Christian Grey is an entirely fictional vampire from some other book and terrible movie. But we digress. In any event, Alessandro got a bunch of European reporters to write that he and Warren went in together on an island off the coast of Athens for the low, low price of €15 million. This came as a surprise to Warren, who made clear that he’s “never heard of the guy,” real Christian Grey or not, and that the whole story is “a total fabrication.”
But you see, Warren and everyone else has misunderstood the Real Christian Grey. Perhaps something was lost in translation. The Real Christian Grey didn’t buy a Greek island with Warren Buffett; he bought the island himself and hopes to sell it to Warren Buffett! Luckily, he understands your confusion and maybe even forgives you for it.
“Mr. Proto never said that Warren Buffet [sic] has bought an island in Greece. He said there was interest in offering an island to Mr. Buffett…[I]f the media report the news in a different way, is not our Responsibility,” said the email, which was signed by a woman named Federica Sala.
The note said that Mr. Proto was hoping to capitalize on the coverage to “get directly to Mr. Buffett.” And then it concluded with a rephrasing of a bon mot Mr. Buffett often uses–”you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.”
“It’s only when the tide goes down you see who is dressed,” wrote Ms. Sala. “And in this particular case Mr. Proto is dressed and will sell an island in Greece to Mr. Buffet.”
Warren Buffett Is NOT Buying a Greek Island With the Guy from ’50 Shades’ [WSJ MoneyBeat blog]