Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Blonde, Rich, Wise
You knew that Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild was a mega communications mogul. You knew she was married to British banking scion Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and buds with Henry Kissinger and Vernon Jordan. But did you know she was practically, like, a philosopher?
Back when John [TV/wireless mogul and gagillionaire Kluge] sold to Southwest Bell I said “Boy, you know, I want a net worth of $40 million. Because I just thought that was more money than I could ever imagine. I thought I would die and go to heaven if I ever had $40 million. And John gave me the best advice I’ve ever gotten in one sentence. He said, “Stop. Don’t think at all about the net worth you’re creating. Think about your vision for what you’re creating, and that you wake up every day and you love it. The money will follow.” And it was sort of so profound, and this rush came over me of “Oh my God, of course,” and then I just went on from there. And that made a huge difference to me.
Lloyd Grove interviews the Lady for Portfolio’s semi-irregular “The World According To” column, and it turns out the Lady has much to say about India, Rupert Murdoch, and how to acquire buttloads of cash. Since the actual interview is eight entire pages of transcript, complete with Grove’s self-deprecating comments, we ferreted out the best bits.