The people who brought the $100 million Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington to fruition were honored last night with a gala celebration on the lawn of his Mount Vernon plantation, the library’s new home.
The traditional roles of a U.S. presidential running mate are ticket balancer and attack dog. With their choices of Al Gore and Dick Cheney, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush added another: the brainy policy partner with big-picture views.
A suit accusing billionaire H. Ross Perot’s family trust of mismanaging a fund so that it went from $2.5 billion to “less than zero” was dismissed by a federal judge in Dallas. The judge said the investors can file a new complaint.
After trailing in polls for months, South Korea’s opposition is being tempted by popular support for a political neophyte as a decision looms on its candidate for president in December elections. The maverick’s attraction as an outsider may also be his biggest vulnerability.
Billionaire Nicolas Berggruen wants to talk about economic and political governance at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this week. If only the more than 2,500 business and political leaders attending would put down their BlackBerrys.