According to an official Twitter post, Justin Sun — who successfully procured the lunch with Buffett by winning the affiliated charity auction — is currently out of commission due to kidney stones, and associated parties have agreed to reschedule the lunch.
The lunch, scheduled for July 25, was the prize for winning a charity auction. Sun bid $4.6 million earlier this year and seemingly intended to introduce the notoriously crypto-skeptical Buffett to a number of influential figures in the space.
As of Monday, Sun had lined up Circle’s Jeremy Allaire, Huobi’s Chris Lee, eToro’s Yoni Assia and litecoin creator Charlie Lee to join him.
The crypto entrepreneur’s outrageously high bid was prompted by his admiration for Buffett, who he called “one of the most accomplished American businessmen in history.” Sun also wanted to use the opportunity to present the great potential of blockchain technology to one of Bitcoin’s harshest critics.
In an interview with CNBC, Justin Sun said that he would invite some of the most well-known names in crypto—including Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, Litecoin founder Charlie Lee, and Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, along with a host of other “opinion, exchange, and mining leaders.
However, the initial hype surrounding Sun’s guest list quickly dwindled as some of his first picks declined the invitation. Changpeng Zhao thanked Sun for the opportunity, but said he was unable to come as the San Francisco lunch was “too far.” Vitalik Buterin is yet to publicly respond to Sun’s invitation but has quickly been written off by many in the crypto community
Warren Buffett has notoriously voiced some incendiary anti-cryptocurrency views. Last May, Warren said that cryptocurrencies will end badly, and called Bitcoin “probably rat poison squared.