A former Forbes reporter recalls his dealings with Ohio's richest man.
Town & Country recently published a delightful remembrance from the reporter who launched the Forbes 400, the business magazine’s annual look at the country’s richest people. The piece contains plenty of funny stories of jockeying and backstabbing among the ultra-wealthy, including some choice morsels about the current occupant of the White House.
Central Ohio’s richest man also makes an appearance in the article, though Les Wexner comes across as more Midwestern nice than angry and conniving. That debut Forbes 400 revealed for the first time in September 1982 the extent of many private fortunes, including Wexner’s, and the L Brands founder, who turned 45 the month the list was published, wrote a letter commenting on this phenomenon after the list came out. Wexner said, “People look at me differently now. … I was closet rich until this thing was published. Now I’m out of the closet.”
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