When the Rolling Stones announced in March they’d be playing a concert in Rome’s ancient chariot stadium, tickets sold out within hours. Just as quickly, archaeologists expressed alarm at the possibility that tens of thousands of fans flocking to the Circus Maximus would finish off what the sacks of Rome hadn’t.
Thomas Rabe speaks five languages, holds a doctorate in economics, and cycles, runs or rows more than 60 miles a week. In his 20s, he managed hundreds of millions of deutsche marks in East German assets after the Berlin Wall fell. In his 30s he oversaw the finances of Europe’s largest TV broadcaster. As he approaches age 50, Rabe works in an office next to his boss and lives in a house next to his boss’s mother.