With 15,000 Visitors And Big Sales, Here Are Some Highlights From Singapore Yacht Show 2018
With a growing interest and support for Asia's yachting industry, this year's Singapore Yacht Show did not disappoint its increasing pool of attendees. Here are some of the highlights that garnered attention at this annual showcase.
“I am the highest-paid showrunner in television,”Shonda Rhimes declared on stage at Elle magazine’s 25th annual Women in Hollywood celebration. It’s hard to think of someone who deserves it more. The creative powerhouse gave everyone who dared to go out on a Thursday night serious FOMO for skipping out on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. Then, after 15 years with her Shondaland making ABC must-see-TV, Rhimes left the network world, sparked a movement, and joined Netflix for an overall deal. When the news broke, it was reported that the deal was worth something in the neighborhood of $100 million. That figure may have been a little low. Or a lot low.
As The Hollywood Reporter reports, on Monday night, Rhimes said that figure wasn’t accurate, though she would wouldn’t put a price tag on herself other than to confidently proclaim that she is the highest-paid showrunner in television—more than Ryan Murphy, her Netflix colleague who was also at the event and signed a five-year deal reportedly worth as much as $300 million and Greg Berlanti, whose deal with Warner Bros. Television is worth a reported $400 million.
Rhimes brought up the money angle to highlight how rarely women show pride at their achievements—particularly financial ones. “Ryan Murphy, bless your amazingly talented heart,” Rhimes said. “When Ryan made his amazing deal with Netflix, what did he do? He shouted his salary to the world and he did this gorgeous cover shoot and photo for The Hollywood Reporter and he deserved every minute of it. I applaud him. When I made a deal with Netflix, I let them [report] my salary wrong in the press, and then I did as few interviews as possible and I put my head down and worked. In other words, I hid. I’m getting this award for inspiring other women; how can I inspire anyone if I’m hiding?
“My point is,” she continued, “that we need to set an example, because I am awesome and we are awesome, which is another way of saying we have power. We are powerful women and when we say we have power, what we are really saying is that we deserve to have power. We deserve whatever good thing it is that we are getting. Demanding what you deserve can feel like a radical act.”
You can’t summarize the work of Paul Allen—who died today at the age of 65–without starting with the fact that he cofounded Microsoft with Bill Gates. But leaving it at that scarcely captures Allen, whose autobiography—Idea Man—carried a title which was less self-aggrandizement than a simple statement of fact.
At the age of 21, Allen was a journeyman software engineer when he kicked off Microsoft’s founding story by purchasing the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics at a newsstand in Harvard Square. The issue had a cover story on MITS’ Altair 8800, a breakthrough build-it-yourself microcomputer kit. Allen and his friend Bill Gates, a Harvard student at the time, seized the opportunity to write a version of the BASIC programming language for the Altair—even though they didn’t own an Altair to test it on.
Altair BASIC’s success led to the duo starting a company called “Micro-Soft” to write BASICs for other computers. Over time, the company produced additional programming languages, operating systems, word processors, spreadsheets, email apps, accounting packages, server software, CD-ROM titles, web browsers, and … well, you get the idea. At the start, Allen and Gates may not have set out to put a computer on every desk and in every home running Microsoft software—Gates, by Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews, says their famous mantra came along later—but the vision, over time, turned out to be even bigger than that.
Here’s Paul Allen’s pre-Microsoft resume from 1974—when he aspired to make $15K a year—as displayed at his own wonderful Living Computers museum. pic.twitter.com/MjRaTv03au
— Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken) October 15, 2018
Much of that expansion came after Allen left full-time work at Microsoft in 1983, not long after discovering that he had Hodgkin’s Disease—but also, he explained in Idea Man, because his working relationship with Gates had grown tense. With his sister Jody, he then founded Vulcan Inc. as a launchpad for an array of activities.
In 2014, we credited Allen and Gates with having saved their hometown of Seattle when they decided to relocate the fledgling Microsoft there from Albuquerque in 1979. Having saved the city, Allen proceeded to have an outsized impact on it over the next four decades—not just as a tech entrepreneur but also in roles such as real estate magnate, founder of museums devoted to pop culture and computers, and musical impresario. I’ve never lived in Seattle, but most every time I’ve visited, my friends have brought up Allen and his most recent activities without prompting. No single Silicon Valley tycoon has had so much local influence for so long.
Allen, who became a billionaire in 1990, was certainly involved in plenty of projects that didn’t go much of anywhere—the FlipStart PC, a tiny Windows palmtop, sticks in my mind—but that’s explained, in part, by the sheer volume of things he did. He funded companies in out-there categories such as fusion energy as well as more straightforward areas like social media; tried to turn a cable company into a next-generation communications behemoth; and pioneered private space flight. He was an exceptionally generous philanthropist in areas from ocean health to Ebola research. He’s almost as famous for owning the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers as for having cofounded Microsoft, but you could spend weeks just digging up interesting stories about his other pursuits. (Did you know he funded the team which found a lost World War II aircraft carrier?)
In the end, Allen took idiosyncratic risks, spent money on things because he found them personally interesting, and—it always seemed—had an enormous amount of fun along the way, regardless of the bottom line. He didn’t have a second act after Microsoft; he had dozens of them, and that relentless quest adds up to a sizable chunk of his legacy.