Nello Balan Sells $95K White Truffle
Geege Schuman stashed this in Conspicuous Consumption
Nello Balan, owner of Nello, an Upper East Side restaurant (and favored Wall Street eatery), has sold a 4 pound, $95,000 white truffle to Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin, according to the New York Post.
It may be the largest white truffle ever sold.
Bloomberg estimates Potanin's net worth at around $13.5 billion. He is one of a dozen or so Russian businessmen known as an "oligarchs" that control vast amounts of Russia's natural resources.
Potanin's wealth comes from nickel — he owns 30.4 percent owner of Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest producer of the commodity
I wonder if he has a miniature giraffe back in Russia.