My grandfather grew up in the United Kingdom at a time when the family you were born into, or even the sound of your voice, dictated your dreams and station in life. Undeterred and fiercely ambitious, by the age of 13, he was winning enough money playing chess in bars to pay for elocution lessons, travel the world, and dream of ways to ensure a better life for himself and his future family.
After serving honorably in Africa during World War II, he built a long and successful career with the East India Trading Company, exploring and thriving in the British colonies across greater Asia and Africa, before settling in the United States in the 1970s. His life represents an inflection point in my family’s history, and has created so many of the privileges and opportunities I have enjoyed in my life.
I’ve had a successful career in investment banking, started a social media sensation in @GSElevator, wrote a NYT bestselling book about deviance and corruption on Wall Street that is currently in development as a movie, and started a very successful fashion line.
Sometimes arrogant, entitled, and occasionally with manicured hands, I haven’t always lived my life in a way that my grandfather would approve of. But in Lincoln & Grant, I see something that he’d be proud of. We’re promoting traditional western values: honor, integrity, and the value of hard work. And we’re standing up, both as a media platform and also as a technology company, against political correctness and the war on free speech, masculinity, and traditional conservatism.
I don’t think my grandfather would’ve understood @GSElevator, but certainly I think he would have liked one of my more popular tweets: When can we stop calling them “hipsters” and go back to calling them “pussies.”