Anthony Scaramucci—the Mooch to his friends—is an unprepossessing sort. He’s short. He’s got a Long Island accent. Steve Wynn can’t remember his name. So how did he reach the top of the hedge fund world, sort of? It took some time at the school of hard knocks (and also Harvard), as well as a conscious decision to remake himself in the image of his eventual political hero, President Donald J. Trump.
“I got punished due to my insecurity and lack of self awareness,” he says—and the lessons he learned growing up in a working class family.
“I’m a five foot eight Italian kid from Long Island,” he says. “I grew up in a family [where] nobody was educated. I hustled my way from a public school into Tufts [and] Harvard Law School. Let me ask people who are saying I’m a relentless self-promoter: How was I going to get here folks?”
If we were going to survive the Great Recession, the only way to get the message out was to operate on the balls of our feet, not our heels. Call it “fake it ’til you make it.” Call it “smoke and mirrors.” Call it whatever you want. The message was clear—we were not going down without a fight….
Even I must admit that I have never imagined the extent of my company’s turnaround. Luck certainly had a hand in my good fortune. I can’t deny that. But it came down to more than luck. I had stopped waiting for good things to happen. I had gone out and made them happen. Abraham Lincoln is credited with saying, “The best way to predict your future is to create it,” and never before had I felt so in control of my own destiny. At least the parts I could control.
For the time being, the part he’s trying to control is selling said book. Because, in spite of his best efforts as outspoken Trump supporter, economic adviser and donor, his fellow 5-25 percenters just don’t see the beauty he sees in the great man’s flaws.
Polls of the top-earning households favor Hillary Clinton over Donald J. Trump two to one. The July Affluent Barometer survey by Ipsos found that among voters earning more than $100,000 a year — roughly the top 25 percent of households — 45 percent said they planned to vote for Mrs. Clinton, while 28 percent planned to vote for Mr. Trump….
The spread was even wider among the highest earners. For those earning $250,000 or more — roughly the top 5 percent of households — 53 percent planned to vote for Mrs. Clinton while 25 percent favored Mr. Trump.