Herb Allen’s Sun Valley Conference 2011
Day 1 — Day 2 — Day 2.5 – Day 3
It’s no secret that most moguls love to be tanned and almost all have new, whiter, straighter teeth put in over their old, yellow, crooked teeth.
Who wouldn’t want that, right?
It’s also no secret that the only reason moguls do all that is to look good to 25-year-old girls.
What we moguls don’t seem to understand is, we’re all incredibly wealthy and powerful and many 25-year-old girls (and boys) will find us attractive even if we didn’t have a spray tan or new teeth. (Duh!)
I would wager $1,000,000 that the combined age of all of the moguls teeth at this conference doesn’t even equal the age of one Sumner Redstone.
For the record, most moguls get the “Saban” tan – which is a really dark, unrealistic orange kind of hue.
I prefer the “Strauss Zelnick” which really brings out the whiteness of the teeth. The “Avi Nevo” isn’t bad either but the fragrance is way too strong.
But no matter how much we whiten our teeth and darken our skin and de-gray our hair, it’s still hard for most of us to get out of bed. And it’s really hard to run a 100-meter dash or jump over a high bar (suck-ass Mogulympics).
Just because my face is as tight and smooth as a teenager’s face doesn’t mean I have the energy of a teenager.
And why the fuck would I want the energy of a teenager? I’m a goddamned billionaire in Sun Valley living the dream.
It makes me feel good when I see a mogul (oh, let’s say, Barry Diller) who really could care less how he looks. He’s got power and doesn’t need all those tricks. He’ll take that giant T-shirt and shorts look to the grave! That’s why I admire Barry so much.
The new slobby tech moguls are less comforting to me – they’re just creepy and disturbing.
I was asked to present an updated version of the keynote speech I gave earlier this year to the CES convention in Las Vegas – so I don’t have time to get into too many details about last night’s very elaborate dinner (or the unbelievable concert by Tony Orlando & Dawn… not the old ‘Dawn’, a much younger and hotter ‘Dawn’).
Most of the conversation last night consisted of anything BUT the Rupert Murdoch hacking scandal.
I was at Rupert’s table and all he talked about was how many tomatoes he’s going to get from his garden this year.
Later this afternoon, before cocktails (or during – we’ll see), I will give my assistant a more detailed account of what is going on and she will have the online geeks write it up and add pictures, etc.
Khan Manka, Jr. – Chairman & CEO – Manka Bros. Studios – The World’s Largest Media Company