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Nello Balan Sells $95K White Truffle


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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.

$95,000 to this guy is like 95 cents to you or me.

And yes, he has a miniature lap giraffe he likes to kiss.

petite lap giraffe gif Imgur

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