|Painting by Dimitri Kozma.|
Born on April 23 1994, the list – now more than 800 names long – of those who have had Lunch with the Finacial Times is an international who’s who of our times.
Finnish fat man comes on the fourth. There have been other presidents and playwrights; tycoons and tennis players; royalty and rogues; monks and a convicted murderer (Norman Parker). In age the subjects have ranged from centenarian Frances Partridge, last of the Bloomsbury group, to an 18-year-old former hostage, Noriaki Imai.
The fundamental rules, which still stand, were set on day one: The subject would choose the restaurant and (2) The FT would pay. Bill Gates had a burger, and rap-artist Sean ‘P-Diddy’ Combs made the big bill (3.82$) at Hale & Hearty Soups in New York.
All my respect for them.
My grandfather, a bilingual man, was the first one who did shun long lunch eating.