3-Minute Interview: Guy Spier

The 42-year-old owner of a New York-based investment management firm paid $220,000 for the lunch of his dreams: Next week, Spier will dine with billionaire investor Warren Buffett. Spier’s money, paid at an auction last year, will benefit San Francisco’s Glide Foundation, which he toured Thursday.

You won the bid a year ago, but the lunch is only next week. Was it tough to wait that long? It’s actually fun to wait because you build up to it. It’s given me time to think about it.

Did it hurt to lose such a big chunk of your savings? It wasn’t money that I can’t bear to live without — that would have been irresponsible of me. I’m giving back a small portion of what I have benefited from.

Are there things you’re dying to ask Buffett? I’m fascinated by how he manages his time: He runs a huge company, yet he finds the time to spend lunch with me. He’s really available to people, that’s pretty incredible. … Another thing I’m curious about is he said that many people are motivated by envy, which is not a great way to be motivated. I feel pangs of envy, and I don’t think that’s very healthy. I want to see if he has any words of wisdom about that.

What did you see at Glide? I just visited the clinic and it’s a great clinic — this proves an important point that just because you’re homeless doesn’t mean you can’t get the same care as anyone else.

Have you ever been to San Francisco before? I’ve been here many times and I love it —it’s God’s country. San Francisco is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. In a different version of my life, I would live here.

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