How did he like interviewing Bill Gates? Just fine. He did a great job, too. I said, "you could replace Charlie Rose but you wouldn't make any money." He said he knows that and is fine with the day job he has. But you should watch the Gates interview on C-Span. It's fascinating. Rubenstein asked him if he carries any cash. So I asked Rubenstein the same question. "A little," he said.
Are his parents still alive? Yes. Are they still in Baltimore? "No, they moved to the Baltimore suburb of West Palm Beach." That means their son is taking care of them, which is good and as it should be. He said of his youth that he did not feel charming, attractive, athletic or wealthy so he decided instead to work very hard at being smart. It worked. He got a scholarship to Duke.
He said he was totally stunned by Jimmy Carter's defeat. Didn't see it coming.
"Are you all work and no play?" I asked. He said, "I play. Work is my play." But I wondered if some form of play was at hand in his roles as vice chair of the Lincoln Center board, chair of the Kennedy Center board and a member of the Ford's Theater board. Seems quite likely.
Where are the jobs? Where is the future? China. Turkey. Brazil. Saudi Arabia. India. What languages does he speak? "Only English," he said. "Anywhere in the world it is the language of business."