On the morning of December 5, 2017, news agencies announced the death of 92-year-old Jean Bruno Wladimir François-de-Paule Le Fèvre, Count d’Ormesson. He was a successful writer, journalist and political commentator, man of institutions, Academician of France and, last but not least, a great charmer, because of his conversational skills that ranged from the siege of Troy to Stephen Hawking, because of his piercing blue eyes, as well as the privilege of being a U, by the English differentiation between U and Non-U.
They say that money, however helpful it may be, will never be enough to buy some things. On what these things are one can discuss at length but it’ s certain that among them there is good taste, an attitude that is becoming more and more rare. Someone who has no issues with money or good taste is the Turkish tycoon Rahmi M. Koç (the «ç» is pronounced as a «coach»).