Another example of an "invisible type" is Carlos Slim Helu a Mexican business magnate and philanthropist who is currently ranked as the wealthiest person in the world in 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Slim
They are not all publicizing themselves like Richard Branson or Donald Trump.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 22874 posts, RR: 87 Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 8757 times:
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 10): There are also some world top-most people who you don't hear about much at all as they stay in the shadow and are rather discrete and humble.
Sure, there are. Everyone does it differently. But you don't get to the top without a powerful ego.
Some people think that Steven Spielberg is a kind and benevolent employer and are not aware of his more ruthless side.
But even in one of the examples you cite, I see no particular virtue in the world's seventh wealthiest man flying Easyjet, and that, in itself, is an affectation - look at me, how humble I am, how just like everyone else. When he isn't.
Personally, I don't want to live in a world of boring and bland - I don't want to live in a world of Ikea, I dont want to be bored to death - fine for those that do, of course. I like a world of extravagant personalities, Branson and O'Leary and Trump - at least I know where I stand with them. I admire people like Steve Jobs, people who make a difference.
And it's what I want on my own tombstone - "at least he wasn't boring."
slvrblt From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 8756 times:
Quoting bestwestern (Thread starter): In a ego boosting moment of pure waste of time and money, Virgin have launched ice cubes in the likeness of Sir Richard.
it IS kind of funny, though; question is, how much does a drink cost with ''his'' special ice cubes? I'm sure the cubes are meant for Upper class but what if a person in steerage wants one, 'just because?'
Branson is clever in gaining free press. This is a very low cost way to put Virgin's name in a few papers. Perhaps customers will talk about it. I see no downside. I don't worry about Branson, MOL, or other CEOs ego. They are spokesmodels for their company who are paid to get the company name in the press.
PGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2519 posts, RR: 44 Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 8690 times:
Quoting mariner (Reply 11): But even in one of the examples you cite, I see no particular virtue in the world's seventh wealthiest man flying Easyjet, and that, in itself, is an affectation - look at me, how humble I am, how just like everyone else. When he isn't.
mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 22874 posts, RR: 87 Reply 19, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 8601 times:
Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 18): You use ego when/where it can be effective (in the board room or in marketing perhaps), not to "show off" and be obnoxious. This is an example of the latter, closer to hubris IMO.
I don't know what the problem with "showing off" is - Hollywood would be a ghost town without it - and I don't find it obnoxious.
I found telling one of my quite anti-Branson friends about this rather satisfying, knowing the gist of what his answer would be. "Finally I can stick an ice-cube up my arse for a good reason". I didn't enquire as to what he meant by finally...