The 8th annual charity auction to meet the executive of your dreams (or nightmares) is showing that lunch with Apple's big boss Tim Cook will set you back over $180,000 – other tech leaders, however, are proving less popular.
The auction, run by Charitybuzz, raises money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and in the past has seen some very big bids indeed for the chance for people to have a chinwag with their favorite corporate leader.
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Last year the bidding for a meeting with Cook topped out at $610,000, and that was just to have a cup of coffee with Apple's CEO. In this year's auction a full lunch is being offered in Cupertino, but at present his time is going for less than a third of last year's auction. Bidding closes in less than 24 hours, so there's still time if you fancy a natter.
While Cook might be slightly put out at his declining value to auction participants, he's still the highest value executive in the auction, and by a country mile. The next highest bid in $8,500, which buys you a backstage meeting with Cher at her next concert tour, or $8,000 buys lunch with the former chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke at a restaurant of his choice.
Bidding for lunch at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters with David Fischer, the social network's VP of advertising and global operations is currently standing at $2,500 after just a single bid.
However, some of the executives on auction are suffering embarrassingly poor performance. A lunch with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, which includes a personal tour of the HuffPost Live studios and a taped interview, currently has no bids at all, although there's still 10 days to scrape together some cash. ®