Billionaire Bernardo Caprotti, the octogenarian founder of Milan-based Esselunga SpA, Italy’s fourth-largest food retailer, held his first press conference in September 2007. A few days earlier, he had told a local newspaper that, more than 50 years after starting the operation with Nelson A. Rockefeller, he was selling out.
When Nelson Rockefeller dropped out of the Republican presidential race in June 1964, Barry Goldwater was left with an apparently insurmountable delegate lead and, almost certainly, the task of defeating incumbent President Lyndon Johnson.
Many people assume there is something sleazy about the business of finance, or the people who practice it. This impression is probably behind the commonly voiced opinion that it is a shame so many young people today are going into finance-related occupations, when they could be doing something more high- minded in other fields.
When New York Democrat Charles Rangel first ran for U.S. Congress in 1970, he was so friendly with Nelson Rockefeller that the Republican governor wished him happy birthday, handed him a map and a pencil, and told him to draw his own district.
J. Christopher Flowers, founder of private-equity firm JC Flowers & Co., on Dec. 27 bought a $20 million co-op apartment in New York in a cash deal. The same day, Dwayne Andreas, former head of Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., sold his Manhattan home for $23.9 million, also in cash.
Here is something I’ve learned you shouldn’t say to candidates for next year’s Republican presidential nomination: “So, I guess you represent the John McCain-Lindsey Graham foreign-policy wing in this race.”
Last night Liam Neeson attended the Museum of the City of New York’s Winter Ball at the Plaza, with guests including Peter Rockefeller, managing director at Berkshire Capital Corp. and the grandson of Nelson Rockefeller, former New York governor and U.S. vice president.