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Billionaire Warren Buffett's Secret to Success: Five Cokes a Day

Also, bowls of ice cream for breakfast.

Why not?
Why not?
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It's no secret that billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett likes sugar, but could it be the secret to his success?  According to Fortune, he believes that his diet — which he compares to that of a six-year-old — is what gives him his youthful energy. At 84 years old, Buffett is still running his company Berkshire Hathaway in top form.

He reveals that he is "one quarter Coca-Cola" : "If I eat 2700 calories a day, a quarter of that is Coca-Cola. I drink at least five 12-ounce servings. I do it everyday." He drinks three Cokes during the day and two at night. Buffett is picky about what kind of Coke he drinks: If he's at Berkshire Hathaway HQ, it's regular cans only, but if he is at home, Buffett "treats himself to Cherry Coke."

To accompany his breakfast Coke, Buffett reaches for UTZ brand potato sticks. Or if he's not feeling like something salty, he reaches for a bowl of chocolate chip ice cream. Buffett is also a noted fan of Dairy Queen, too. He turned down an invitation to this year's Oscars ceremony to have his "own awards dinner" at the local Dairy Queen.

When asked why he chooses a diet so high in sugar and salt, Buffett offered some incredible logic: "I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among six-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a six-year-old," adding, "It's the safest course I can take." Makes sense.

Buffett appears to only eat foods owned by his company. Berkshire Hathaway owns $16 billion in Coca-Cola stock, or nine percent of the company. The company also owns Dairy Queen, which explains his ice cream habit. And, while Buffett does not own UTZ currently, he tells Fortune that he's talked to UTZ management " about potentially buying the company," because when you're a billionaire, why not?

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