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A mysterious consortium of mostly foreign investors is evidently convinced that BuDDy is the essence of America, the true cultural icon of our time, and has bankrolled numerous projects, with extraordinary portions of the up-front monies going directly to BuDDy. Entertainment icons David Geffen, Steven Spielberg, David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey are reportedly heavily involved in directing BuDDy's career, after overcoming his initial resistance to authority.
His political pronouncements and endorsements, while passionate and often even coherent, have been a frequent source of embarrassment, but BuDDy's handlers insist it's all carefully thought out. Similarly, his website, BuDDy's Old Fashioned Website and his podcast, BuDDy's Old Fashioned Podcast, have been called amateurish, but BuDDy's team insists it's all calculated and considered within the context of BuDDy's focus-group-tested motto, "We just want to be your friend."
Considering his ascent in our rankings (he was #273 on last year's list), BuDDy and his team must be doing something right.