Dick Parsons For Mayor-Vintner

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Portfolio’s Jeff Bercovici speculates on a possible Dick Parsons mayoralty of New York City — contrasting him with Bloomberg — in the wake of his denial to Joe Nocera in the New York Times:

”Both men, obviously, have run large media companies. Both are Republicans who could easily be Democrats. Both started their current jobs in the aftermath of disasters (9/11 for Bloomberg; the AOL-Time Warner merger for Parsons) and soothed jittery constituencies with a calm, wry personal manner.”

Nocera’s article (registration required) mentions that Parsons, who owns a vineyard called Tenuta Il Palazzone, regales his dinner companions — among them Carl Icahn — with his own ”high quality” Brunello di Montalcino Riserva.


Fellow media mogul Sumner Redstone, chose not to invest in his own less-than-swishy beverage of choice, MonaVie. From CNNMoney:

”He even considered investing in Utah-based MonaVie after its CEO, Dallin Larsen, came to visit him at his Beverly Hills mansion. Redstone decided against it – because it would present a conflict of interest to recommend it to friends – but Larsen, a veteran nutritional-products salesman who founded the company in 2005, has no better ambassador.”

Charmed, I’m sure.

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