Episode 13: Anthony Scaramucci

February 12, 2021
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Life isn’t always black and white, and sometimes the gray is controversial. This week’s guest firmly believes in staying true to himself, living by his grandmother’s maxim: “What other people think of you is none of your business.” In this episode, you’ll hear that come to life. When asked to describe himself, he said gratitude, resilience, and enthusiasm. This is a man who now has his own unit of time: Anthony Scaramucci.

Anthony was a successful entrepreneur, financier, and political player well before stepping up to the podium as White House Director of Communications in 2017-for 11 days. Reflecting on this trajectory with surprising self-awareness, Anthony shares stories of the people and places that gave him the stomach to make mistakes, move past failure and charge forward, living unapologetically big.

For Anthony, choosing risk and testing his resilience are central to being alive, not at all contradictory to being a conservative institutionalist. A blue collar-born elite-educationally, socially, and financially-Anthony speaks the vernacular of the person he’s talking to. He knows who he is, but he keeps us guessing. He’s a walking dichotomy, a blend of black and white, and he thrives in the gray.

In this episode, Anthony shares how he loves being an entrepreneur, gains insight from history, loves our country-and firmly believes in the future of digital currency. Listen in to hear his take on the balancing act of life and how people aren’t perfect-so our world won’t be, either. And what would be the fun in that anyway?

Favorite Moments

  • (13:47) – His best friend growing up
  • (15:34) – Working on the docks
  • (18:58) – A full "Scaramucci"
  • (32:58) – Clubhouse
  • (42:00) – Delaying IPOs
  • (44:10) – Bitcoin

About Anthony Scaramucci

Anthony Scaramucci is the founder and co-managing partner of SkyBridge Capital. He is the author of four books: The Little Book of Hedge Funds, Goodbye Gordon Gekko, Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole (a 2016 Wall Street Journal best seller), and Trump: The Blue-Collar President.

Prior to founding SkyBridge in 2005, Scaramucci co-founded investment partnership Oscar Capital Management, which was sold to Neuberger Berman LLC in 2001. Earlier, he was a vice president in private wealth management at Goldman Sachs & Co.

In 2016, Scaramucci was ranked #85 in Worth Magazine’s Power 100: The 100 Most Powerful People in Global Finance. In 2011, he received Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year – New York” Award in the Financial Services category. Anthony is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), vice chair of the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board, a board member of both The Brain Tumor Foundation and Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and a trustee of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He was a member of the New York City Financial Services Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2012.

In November 2016, he was named to President-Elect Trump’s 16-person Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee. In June 2017, he was named the chief strategy officer of the EXIM Bank. He served as the White House communications director for a period in July 2017.

Scaramucci, a native of Long Island, New York, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

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