Peter Munk’s Golden Rule

April 15, 2008

Check out this piece in Saturday’s Globe and Mail Toronto section. It provides those who know little about the founder and Chairman of Barrick Gold with a nice summation of his myriad business peregrinations. Unfortunately, it gives little space to the heady days of Clairtone Sound Corp., the hi-fi company he founded with David Gilmour in the sixties (see Kickstart for more on that) or the controversies around Barrick’s mines in Africa. That said, it does include the hilarious details of his first days at Lawrence Park Collegiate high school in Toronto, especially the Hungarian immigrant’s appreciation of girl’s tight-fitting sweaters.

The reason for the article? Well, in addition to the thousand other things Munk has helped birth in the city of Toronto, he is now bringing a debating series. The inaugural throw-down (Munk actually compares what he wants to see occur to a cock fight) will feature Richard Holbrooke (former US ambassador to the UN), human rights scholar Samantha Power, star historian Niall Ferguson, and Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer. The topic: Whether a Republican in the White House makes the world safer. Munk’s ideological cock fight will go down on the 26th of May at the ROM’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. For info about the series and how to get tickets, click here.

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