Warren Buffett Played a Classic Coke Jingle on the Ukelele for the Company’s Annual Meeting

Putting his music where his money is

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Warren Buffett is known for many things, but singing hasn't been one of them—until now.

Buffett played "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" on a custom ukulele (presented to him recently by Wieden + Kennedy) in a video Wednesday that opened Coca-Cola's annual meeting as it celebrates its 100th birthday. 

Odd? For sure. But certainly on brand. The billionaire investor and philanthropist does love Coke. Not only does he own $16 billion in Coca-Cola stock, but he told Fortune in February that he's "a quarter Coca-Cola" and drinks five 12-ounce servings of the soda daily.

The custom ukulele, which has a sound hole in the shape of the classic Coke bottle, was made by Portland-based luthier Mark Roberts. Crafted in five weeks out of European Carpathian spruce from Romania, reclaimed Honduran mahogany and Malagasy ebony, the red ukulele was given to Buffett last month at his Berkshire Hathaway office in Omaha, Neb.

"He picked it up and practiced the song, changing the key a few times," said Thomas Harvey, account director at W+K. "You can see him tuning up and singing at the start of the film. The whole process only took about 30 minutes."

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@KristinaMonllos kristina.monllos@adweek.com Kristina Monllos is a senior editor for Adweek.