Ariel Hsing is a 16-year-old, Olympic-level ping pong player from San Jose who has an unlikely connection to Warren Buffett.A Wall Street Journal story this morning describes how Buffett first invited Hsing to Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting when she was 11.
Buffett had shareholders take turns playing her for three hours (!), but no one — including Bill Gates — beat her.
Five years later, Hsing is going to the Olympics after a dramatic comeback in a qualifying tournament two weeks ago. She’s also heading back to the Berkshire meeting this weekend to lay the smack down on some shareholders again.
Buffett first met Hsing when she was nine after his partner Sharon Osberg asked a California ping pong coach for a prodigy to play Buffett at his 75th birthday party.
The WSJ describes her as Buffett’s “Olympic Discovery.” But Hsing is the daughter of Chinese ping pong enthusiasts, and she’s been playing for real since she was seven. So it’s not like Buffett had anything to do with her being awesome at table tennis.
Here’s a video of Hsing beating the crap out of Buffett in 2007:
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