Lloyd Grove gives Observer owner and junior real-estate magnate Jared Kushner the long-form treatment today, publishing a painstaking Q&A on Portfolio’s Website. In it, we learn a lot about his strategies for the salmon paper and his investments, but, near the end, we get some insight into Jared Kushner the person. Grove asked the 27-year-old about what he learned watching his powerful father plead guilty to witness tampering and tax violations, and then serve nearly two years in jail. Kushner, who wouldn’t discuss private matters like his former relationship with Ivanka Trump, suddenly opened up:
I took away the fact that you realize in life that there are things that can be taken from you, things that you think are permanent that aren’t necessarily permanent. The only things that are really permanent are love, family, friendship, and that is a lesson. At the end of the day that’s really what it boils down to. The rest of it is just stuff.
We have two reactions to this. First, that’s a pretty good lesson and a refreshingly honest answer about something personal that must have been incredibly difficult. Still, why is it always the people with the most “stuff” who are the ones realizing that it doesn’t mean anything?
The World According to…Jared Kushner [Portfolio]