Reading each issue allows me to fantasize about a world where my only concern is the appropriate arm length for an Armani suit, what conversations truly take place with White House staffers in hot tubs, and whether Tel Aviv or Bangkok is more fashionable for business trips these days.
And then, there’s GQ with a French accent (read: 10 times sexier). Where the likes of Gad Elmaleh or Frédéric Beigbeder offer glimpses into the intimacy of their fame, with perspectives on Sarkozy, cocaine, life in the movies with Audrey Tatou... just enough to make a girl melt with desire, a man with envy.
This month? The February issue, featuring no other than Clint Eastwood on the cover, highlights the 30 most influential men in France.
#15? No other than Monsieur Loïc Le Meur...
Remarks French blogger MRY, “the great thing about these lists, is that they not only flatter the ego of those chosen, as well as that of their entourage... but they prove that the economic world of exclusive salons are crumbling... and that new forms of influence are taking their place.“Before, there were those in the shadow and those in the spotlight. Today, it seems you must be in both... so as to develop a true personal brand, by maintaining not only your economic, but human, influence.”
No doubt that M. Le Meur does both, and that his personal success arises precisely because those following him in the shadows of can only smile when he shines. Move over Arrington, Scoble, Pete Cashmore or even Ashton Kutcher... succesful, entrepreneurial, influential... a true gentleman, indeed.
Now if only he knew what that meant...