Born: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics, MBA, and honorary doctorate from the University of Portland; graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Business
What was your first job as a child?
Shining shoes in my dad’s barbershop after school
What did you learn from that job that still applies today?
How to deal with people, so I could get bigger tips. You get 25 cents for shining shoes, but if I really smiled and was really nice to these guys, sometimes they’d throw $1 to me as a tip, and that was pretty great.
Whom do you admire most and why?
I do have a hero in life. He’s not with us anymore, but it was Bobby Kennedy. I thought what he did in terms of working with the poor and working with socially responsible issues, like Cesar Chavez with the grapes, and what he tried to do, I thought was [impressive]. I thought he would have made an incredible president, even more so than his brother, but if you read anything about him and read his speeches and the things that he said, I think he was an incredible human being. So he’s kind of been my hero to some extent.
What’s your favorite food?
Of course, Italian. Specifically, if I was going to have a last meal, it would be a roast chicken. A wonderful roast chicken and some really great roasted potatoes and a great big salad, and I have to have great sourdough bread with it, and I would be very, very happy and probably a great glass of wine and a double espresso to finish it off. Now don’t you want to go eat with me?