By Victor Ochieng
Being one of the richest people in the world, Warren Buffett draws a lot of interest. People just want to know what he does with his life; how he allots his time for his personal and business life; the things he enjoys; how he enjoys the wealth he's accumulated over the years; and, of course, how he schemes to pull in more cash to his name.
One thing we know well about Buffett is that he spends a lot of his time reading. In fact, it's been said that the billionaire utilizes close to 80% of his waking hours reading. In a recent interview with the Washington Post, the world got to know another extra detail about the billionaire's life - what he likes doing with his leisure time, which is Playing Bridge.
For those who know, Bridge is a game that has been around for decades and was at some point in time a very popular social activity. It’s a two-team, four-players game that, besides being fun to play, also has great memories. The game is expected to stick around for as long as people are still going to be playing cards.
While someone may just look at it as a card game, Buffett says it's "the best exercise there is for the brain," noting he plays it in about four sessions of two hours every week. Well, that could just be one of the reasons why Buffett has been able to maintain his admirable mental acuity even as he approaches his ninth decade in life. He opened up and shared a little more on why the game, which some may consider outdated, still takes close to eight hours of his time every week.
"You can play a hand every six or seven minutes every day for the rest of your life, and you will never see the same hand. It's a game you can enjoy when you are in your 90s, and you are seeing a different intellectual challenge every seven minutes."
The advantage that Buffett has is that he finds it easy getting Bridge partners, since a number of other billionaires are also known for enjoying it. CNBC has revealed that one of Buffett's Bridge partners is his business associate Charlie Munger. Billionaire Bill Gates, who happens to be Buffett's friend, is also a known fan of the game. He recounted a trip to China with Gates and both their wives. During the trip, they played “bridge while everyone was looking at the scenery … We played on the bus while balancing cards on our knees."
That trip was back in 1995, and to date, Buffett’s love for Bridge still remains strong.