Toronto-based hedge fund manager Salida Capital paid $1.68 million US to have lunch with billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

Salida won the annual charity auction on eBay, held in June, for a lunch for eight with the Oracle of Omaha, Buffet's nickname. The proceeds go to the Glide Foundation, which helps the poor in San Francisco.

Glide announced the winner Wednesday.

"Lunch with Warren Buffett is something we have always had on our 'dream list,"' said Salida CEO Courtenay Wolfe. She said she will bring some of the firm's biggest backers to the lunch at New York's Smith & Wollensky restaurant.

The firm's bid was less than the record-setting $2.1 million paid last year by Zhao Danyang, of Pureheart China Growth Investment Fund.

But as Salida is 10 years old this year and has bounced back from the 2008 market meltdown, it was a good time to bid, she said.

Salida's multi-strategy fund is up 83.4 per cent so far this year, after losing 66.5 per cent in 2008, according to the company's website.

"We are our largest investors" with partners and employee capital making up "a significant portion" of Salida's assets under management.    

With files from The Associated Press