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The Old Men and the C-List

Graydon Carter, Bob Iger, and Jeff Zucker.
Graydon Carter, Bob Iger, and Jeff Zucker. Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images; Rich Fury/Getty Images; J. Countess/Getty Images
Dylan Byers
May 31, 2023

Last week, as I was perusing the extensive, token-in-the-legend-meter coverage of Graydon Carter’s star-studded, summer-christening soirée with David Zaslav at the Hotel du Cap—lengthy writeups in the Times, the Journal, New York, etcetera—I couldn’t help but notice a fascinating detail. 

A few nights earlier, Carter’s successor at Vanity Fair, Radhika Jones, had thrown her own party at the same storied venue, and despite luring Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez ashore off Koru, the couple’s new superyacht, it was clear she was destined to be upstaged by her predecessor, a well-known master in, among other things, the fine art of A-list gatherings. As the Times noted wryly, Miuccia Prada, whose namesake brand co-hosted the V.F. event, did not attend Jones’ bash. Sipping an espresso ahead of his own grande fête, Graydon was asked by a Times reporter about Radhika’s event and replied, indifferently: “I’m sure it was fine.”