Skibo Castle: Where The Networking Is As Good As The Golf

Peter de Savary has revived steel baron Andrew Carnegie's castle as an elite retreat

It's 7:59 a.m. at Skibo Castle in northern Scotland, and Thomas J. Usher, chief executive of U.S. Steel Corp., is asleep in Andrew Carnegie's four-poster bed. In another minute, he is roused by a bagpiper circling the estate--a wake-up call established by Carnegie in 1898. Usher bathes in Carnegie's tub, sits at his desk, and pens a letter to Pittsburgh about a problem at a mill. "It was fascinating to think almost 100 years ago Andrew Carnegie sat right here and did the same thing," Usher says. "I was Walter Mitty-ing it."

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