GQ UK - April 2018

GQ UK - April 2018

English | 266 pages | True PDF



It was the early noughties when I first met Michael Wolff, at a Condé Nast conference in Venice. He was the star attraction, delivering a motivational (and rather inspirational) talk on the back of his successful 1998 book, Burn Rate, which was about his failed experiment as a digital entrepreneur.
He was a terrific, if slightly laconic, speaker and I loved him. We stayed in touch and would see each other occasionally when one of us was in London or New York. He always made a point of visiting Savile Row to stock up his wardrobe and was always the bestdressed diner in Claridge’s. I was told not to trust him, not to tell him anything I wouldn’t want anyone else knowing and certainly never to hire him. So, obviously, I hired him. Michael, now 64, started working for GQ in 2010 when he was still writing for Vanity Fair, although I think both of us knew that his time there was nearing its end. Michael and I would gossip about everything – media, politics, society – but I rarely asked him about his professional relationships, not least because he was always falling out with people.

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