Charlie Rose Is Brooding


Charlie Rose has everything. Expensive real estate. Roast-chicken lunches at Michael's. His famous round table, over which he conducts interviews and which he is certain will one day go into the Smithsonian. And fancy friends — oodles of them. If you are writing a story about Charlie Rose, he will provide you with written references from Tom Hanks, Jeff Bezos, Meryl Streep, Dolly Parton, Elie Wiesel, Mickey Rourke, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Nancy Pelosi, and Warrens Buffett and Beatty, among others. He will have Rahm call you. Rahm! No last name, like Madonna. Did you want to speak to her, too? That can be arranged. But despite everything, Charlie Rose is missing one thing: a baby, according to Fortune writer David Kaplan. Despite the ambivalence of Rose ("If I was madly in love with someone who offered the opportunity to spend our lives together," Rose says, "I would love to have a child or adopt a child") and the skepticism of his longtime partner, 65-year-old Amanda Burden ("Maybe Charlie should get a dog first"), Kaplan concludes:

In his workaholic need to understand what he calls the "power of relationships," in his mastery of diverse subject matter, in building an incomparable professional network, he seems to be compensating for what he doesn't have — a family, a nest, a son to have a catch with.

Sad! But Don't cry for Charlie's lack of a catch-playing partner. By the end of this 6,000-plus-word story, you'll get the feeling that Kaplan, who has been on Rose's show four times, is more than up to the task.

Why business loves Charlie Rose [Fortune]