21 questions

Hearst President Cathie Black Wears 7 for All Mankind Jeans

Name: Cathie Black
Age: 63
Job: President of Hearst Magazines, author of Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life), out today!

Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Brooke Astor.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York?
Osso buco at Babbo, and lobster at the Palm.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Run interference, badger, cajole, laugh, have fun, set a higher bar, push for profit, encourage creativity, ask for forgiveness, make my own rules, thank everyone.

Where do you get your coffee?
Oren’s coffee beans (fresh ground) at home, Dean & DeLuca on Saturdays, Starbucks occasionally.

What’s the last thing you saw on Broadway?
The Color Purple with Fantasia.

Do you give money to panhandlers?

What’s your drink?
White wine, the occasional mojito, Château d’Yquem .

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Two to three times a week, with my husband.

What’s your favorite medication?
No favorites.

What’s hanging above your sofa?
A large French mirror.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
The unmentionable amount you can spend at John Barrett.

When’s bedtime?
When I finish answering these questions!

Brunch: pro or con?
In the winter, yes; summer, no.

What’s your thread count?
350 thread count.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
Cab drivers screaming on their cell phones.

What’s your brand of jeans?
AG or 7 for all Mankind.

When’s the last time you drove a car?
I drive every weekend.

Who should be the next president?
Only my hairdresser knows.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Cosmo (of course). Occasionally the FT.

Yankees or Mets?

What makes someone a New Yorker?
Someone born elsewhere who can’t imagine living anywhere else (like me).

Hearst President Cathie Black Wears 7 for All Mankind Jeans