Warren Buffett’s March Madness challenge is over, with eight Berkshire Hathaway Inc. employees splitting a $100,000 prize and nobody coming close to picking a perfect Sweet 16 and the $1 million-a-year-for-life grand prize, according to an online account of the contest.
A running summary of the contest results, posted Saturday by “Chester Q. Brackington,” counted down elimination of employee brackets, starting with 40,420 people who correctly picked Rhode Island upsetting Oklahoma.
More upsets trimmed the field steadily during the first round, and when No. 4 seed Wichita State was beaten by No. 13 Marshall, the last eight employees’ brackets were eliminated. Nobody picked all first round games correctly.
Sharing the $100,000 prize, the posting said, were Joseph Maciejko of General Reinsurance, Mike Bills of International Metalworking Companies, Keith Franks of Charter Brokerage, Kevin Hessel of the Nebraska Furniture Mart, Ed King of BNSF Railway, Adam Senese of Pampered Chef, Alexander Sorenson of Marmon Holdings and Chad Yokoyama of BNSF.
Furniture Mart Chairman Ron Blumkin said Hessel is a lead machine operator at the furniture chain’s Kansas City, Kansas, store.
“He’s a working guy, so that’s great,” Blumkin said.