By  on June 20, 2014

Former Yves Saint Laurent ceo Paul Levy sat down with The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons Wednesday to talk about his career and his take on the economy. Now founder and managing partner of private equity firm JLL Partners Levy spoke at the Hudson Hotel as part of  the magazine’s “View from the Top: Exploring the Route to Success.”

Levy said of his YSL days, “It turned out to be remarkable preparation for private equities. We had about 50 licensees and I had to go out and get new licenses. I had to call companies, meet ceos and convince them to do business with us. Then if they became a licensee, I had to manage the relationship, supervise their conduct and work with them in a productive fashion which is a lot like private equities.”

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