Mikhail Prokhorov continues to do cool things
Earlier today, Bill Simmons posted a thorough and definitive guide on why you should love Mikhail Prokhorov. There’s a lot to like -- the insane wealth, the shameless cavorting with beautiful women, the fact he’s 6-8, does jet ski flips, works out for two hours a day, and can dunk, that he brags about not sleeping at night, and that he generally sounds like a Russian version of Batman.
According to the New York Observer, there’s yet another reason to love Prokhorov. After Prokhorov got to Brooklyn, he granted two one-on-one interviews. The first was with iconic New York sports radio personality Mike Francesa. The second interview was with Vinnie Rotondaro, a 28-year old blogger who graduated from the Columbia school of journalism a few days ago. (Here is the transcript of Rotondaro’s interview with Prokhorov.)
Courtesy of the article, here’s some background on the guy who snagged the interview:
Two years ago, Mr. Rotondaro was working in a pizza kitchen. He began writing more and more, and published a few items for The Huffington Post, worked briefly as a crime reporter for the Brooklyn Eagle and then enrolled in j-school.
By his own admission, he wasn’t an obvious choice for the sit-down. He spent the last few months occasionally filing for a blog run by Columbia called Brooklyn Ink. He had five bylines.
Then, there he was, getting one of the most in-demand exclusives of the week and delivering a 2,300 word Q & A with Mr. Prokhorov.
When asked why they chose such a little-known journalist to interview Prokhorov, his people continued to say all the right things:
And why did Mr. Prokhorov decide to go with a kid named Vinnie to get the exclusive?
Mr. Prokhorov’s spokesman emailed to say that his client “believes in supporting young journalists and Vinnie just graduated this week from one of country’s most prestigious programs, the Columbia School of Journalism.”
Also: “Mikhail wants to spend as much time as he can getting to know Brooklyn and its people, and wanted Vinnie to show him a local place. Next time, they plan to have a pizza together somewhere in the borough.”