Malcolm Forbes, tycoon and Regency Club Member, was part of the Corporate America bridge which met and played at the Regency. Formed to compete with high status teams in other countries, like, say, the British Parliament’s bridge team, it was at just such a high level play-off in London that Malcolm Forbes played his last game.
Forbes magazine itself carried the story, written by Carolyn Torcellini. That bridge play-off was played in February of 1990 against members of Parliament. It was, said the story, a “glorious, glorious moment” when Corporate America team challenged and defeated that of the British Parliament. Malcolm then hosted a dinner party for sixty people, flew home to America and unexpectedly and peacefully died.
I told this story in my Bridge Table book, but it deserves repeating here in Blog 44 about tycoons, and where more appropriate than under Nonagenarian Notions? As I commented in Bridge Table, the way Malcolm’s life ended is probably how most addicted bridge players would like to end whether serious players (as he was) or sociable like me.
Peacefully, after a great bridge day.
P.S. When I lived in New Hampshire I was very active in the Reform Party and in 2000 Steve Forbes was a presidential candidate. In New Hampshire as you all know, presidential candidates travel thru the state for months and months before candidates are chosen, and we (the Reform Party) actually hosted a meeting to present Steve Forbes to our membership for possible endorsement–having no candidate of our own. He also came to the Sandwich Fair where we too had a booth.
Remembering as I did, the flamboyance of his father Malcolm toward the end of his life–Steve Forbes was total opposite. Always dressed very formally and accompanied by a whole cadre of people–all as tall as he was and dressed (as I remember) in the same dark suits. They stood out in the kind of low key style of campaigning in New Hampshire. Seems to me at the Sandwich Fair, they finally did bend a bit and remove the formal jacket and tie.
Malcolm, as I remember did a kind of flip in his later years and threw parties. Entertaining for the public, but probably not all that amusing for his kids.