Where were you born?
Chicago, in Michael Reese Hospital
Education: Engineering, University of Illinois; MBA, University of Chicago
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Warren Buffett. This guy is a genius. His long-term perspective on things is absolutely first rate, and it’s not new for him. He built his company about thinking long term — in this case, it was long-term investing. Someone once asked him, I think this is a true story, what the best decade for stocks was, and he said the best decade for stocks was the 1970s, which you probably know was a very bad decade for stock returns. In fact, I think up to this decade, it was the worst decade for stock returns ever. And they said, ‘Wait a minute, the 1970s was a terrible time for stocks,’ and he said, ‘Not if you were buying.’
What was your very first job?
My first part-time job was at Arby’s; that was in high school. I was a counter guy and a dishwasher. I was also a newspaper boy. I distributed newspapers when I was 12.
If you could be one superhero, who would you be and why?
Ironman, because he’s a regular guy. He’s a human that invents all these things that make him a superhero. He’s a regular guy, which so is Batman, but he’s a little weird to me. He’s a little off. Ironman seems a little more normal.
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