1. Describe yourself as if you were writing a personals ad?
Fun, somewhat vicious sense of humor. Knows the difference between bad wine and good wine. Definitely knows the difference between champagne and sparkling wine. Sometimes thought of as a pain in the neck. Hardworking, probably a workaholic. Loves challenges, loves start-ups. And cannot tolerate inefficiency. I’m a Virgo.
2. If you had two tickets to paradise, where would you go and who would you take?
If you travel non-stop, paradise really is your own backyard. But if I had two tickets to go anywhere in the world, who would I take? Well, I would probably take a tall young Scandinavian blonde, since that’s my weakness in life, and I would probably go to either a vineyard in Tuscany or an island in Fiji or Tahiti.
3. Who plays you in the movie?
Boy. Well, it’d sort of have to be an English actor, by virtue of the accent. But Dana Carvey did a brilliant job slicing me up on Saturday Night Live. He and I are good friends. So I would have to say Dana Carvey would be my choice.
4. Who do you go to for advice?
I have no one mentor that I would go to. One of my great childhood heroes was Sir Winston Churchill. I probably read every book about him. He was an extraordinary leader at a time when it was impossible to lead. So a lot of things he said way back when can be rather pertinent today. But I generally go to experts in fields where I need advice. If I wanted to know about wine, I’d go to a master sommelier or the owner of a wine company or a vineyard. If I wanted to know about food, I would go to the best chef in the world.
5. What makes you cry?
Whoa! What makes me cry? When trust is misplaced. I always get sad when you give somebody complete trust and, for whatever reasons of greed or avarice or jealousy or whatever, that trust is destroyed. That’s a very hurtful thing, when you think you trust somebody and you’re wrong.