UNDER THE INFLUENCE (?)
Yesterday I read an article about Mikhail Khodorkovsky by Masha Gessen in the latest Vanity Fair.
There was a portrait of him. After observing it for a minute I suddenly realized how much he looks like Steve Jobs! For some reason I never noticed it before.
Then I discovered that Khodorkovsky experienced a deep and brutal switch in his values. He became socially conscious, open minded and humanist, just like Jobs!
And by coincidence, the oligarch’s happy community-like residence where he used to live with some colleagues, was called Apple Orchard.
Here are some extracts from the article to illustrate not only mental transformations but physical ones as well.
"At the age of 34, one of Russia’s richest men realized that business could no longer be just a game. He now understood that capitalism could make people not only rich and happy but also poor and powerless. Khodorkovsky swore off his absolute faith in wealth just as he had sworn off his absolute faith in Communism. […] Khodorkovsky pointed out that he was unelectable in Russia. But one way or another, he fully intended to transform the country."
"In the late 1990s he shaped up, shedding the 30 unnecessary pounds he had carried around since college, shaving off his small black gangster mustache, and exchanging oversized aviator glasses for delicate rimless spectacles. He never really learned to wear suits and ties, so he compromised by wearing turtlenecks."