Warren Buffett (in red tie) and Quicken Loans chief Dan Gilbert (second from left) look over a model of downtown Detroit.
Gilbert also heads Rock Ventures, an umbrella company comprising more than 100 businesses (mostly in Detroit) and the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team. It was through basketball that Buffett and Gilbert first met. Lately his energy has been channeled into reviving his beleaguered city. Inside the cavernous Compuware lobby, glass elevators whisked us up to the 10th floor. A meticulous scale model of downtown dominates the big boardroom. Gilbert turned to Buffett and said, "This model -- I'm not kidding -- it cost more than 30 of the properties."
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