A $115 Billion Table Tennis Match

Warren Buffett Favorite Ariel Hsing faces Luxembourg's Xia Lian Ni
Bill Gates watches Ariel Hsing of the United States play No. 2 seed Li Xiaoxia of China during their women's table tennis match on day two of the London 2012 Olympics, on July 29, 2012 Photograph by Sergei Grits/AP Photo

On a per capita basis, Ariel Hsing probably has the wealthiest fans of any athlete at the 2012 Olympic Games. The 16-year-old U.S. table tennis player is a favorite of Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. She calls them both “uncle.” As the Wall Street Journal reported in May, Hsing first met Buffett when his longtime bridge partner Sharon Osberg suggested he invite her to his 75th birthday party in 2005. Since then she has attended a pair of annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meetings in Omaha and vanquished any paddle jockey, including Bill Gates, who would challenge her. So far, she has done the same in London.

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