Deep Thoughts With the Homeless Billionaire

Nicolas Berggruen has long been famous for having no home and throwing great parties. Now he’d like to save democracy, too
Berggruen in his suite at the Carlyle in Manhattan Photograph by Mark Peckmezian for Bloomberg Businessweek

Twelve years ago, Nicolas Berggruen sold his apartment, which was filled with French antiques, on the 31st floor of the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan. He said he no longer wanted to be weighed down by physical possessions. He did the same with his Art Deco house on a private island near Miami. From that point on he would be homeless.

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