Warren Buffett to Lloyd Blankfein: Don’t Leave Me!

Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., listens during a speech at the CARE conference in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Blankfein agreed to be a prosecution witness in Galleon Group LLC co-founder Raj Rajaratnam's insider trading trial this week, said a person briefed on the matter. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images Photo: Bloomberg/2011 Bloomberg

At the Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, today, the Times asked Warren Buffett if he thought Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein might resign in the coming months. His response:

"I don’t think he is. I've seen nothing to indicate that myself, and I don't want him to," he said enthusiastically. "I want him to stay!"

Why, Warren? Because the next CEO might not be so willing to cut Berkshire Hathaway a 10 percent annual dividend on a clutch $5 billion rescue loan? Or is it because you want him to be around in 2013 when you finally exercise those remaining $5 billion in options that are currently pegged to $20 under the market rate? It would be nice to have him around that day, even if just to rub that shiny noggin for good luck.

Buffett Hearts Blankfein [Dealbook/NYT]