Warren Buffett's revelation that he pays less in taxes than his secretary piqued everyone's curiosity as to exactly how big his last Internal Revenue Service bill was.
The Wall Street Journal went beyond wondering and suggested that Buffett make his tax returns public.
"The opportunity to educate the public would be even greater if Mr. Buffett would let everyone else in on his secrets of tax avoidance by releasing his tax returns," wrote the WSJ editorial board.
OK, says Buffett, but on one condition.
The Berkshire Hathaway executive will share his tax returns if the Rupert Murdoch, the head honcho of News Corporation which owns the WSJ, does the same.
"I think it might be a terrific idea if they would just ask their boss, Rupert Murdoch, and he and I will meet at Fortune, and we'll both give you our tax returns and you can publish them," Buffett said during an interview at the Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Great idea, Warren. And great fun if Rupert would go along.
But he won't.
So we're all left to keep wondering about the tax details of two of the world's richest men.
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