Richard Edelman Goes Back to Where It All Began

By Shawn Paul Wood Comment

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“Where we love is home — home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Many of us have felt that way at one point or another. When we become of age, it’s nice to leave home, spread our wings, and try to soar on our own. However, after marriage, some kids and a few dozen bundles of laundry waiting for your mother’s expert touch, some of us realize it’s time to head back home.

Such is life for the president and CEO of the world’s largest PR agency, Richard Edelman.

Edelman, 60, wrote in his notable 6 a.m. blog in a post entitled “Return of the Native” that he’s “decided to take an apartment in Chicago, to split my time between New York City and the city of my birth.”

He goes on to wax eloquent about his analogous connection with Simba from the The Lion King. Chicago is where it all started with his late father’s work.

daniel edelman officeDaniel Edelman (his office pictured here) pioneered his namesake agency to be different, to be better and to remain private. Daniel continues that work to this day, but now that he has some extra time on his hands, he decided to take his talents back to the Windy City.

I get to hang out with my brother John, catch a few games, see my old friends from Latin School of Chicago and give something back to worthy causes. Besides, I get to work on accounts and help win some business. It feels like the right thing to do and the best time to do it.

The free time comes as an unfortunate result of “being divorced by his wife of 28 years,” as Page Six put it in April. Good luck with the move, Rich. It’s always good to come home.

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