I recently read an article about Talulah Riley, the wife of SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk about what it takes to achieve greatness and they are obsessed about something. And i came to wonder if most entrepreneurs put aside their wife in their quest of stardom.
But from a few of the heroes i admired, i find comforting quotes in their memoirs and biographies.
From Warren Buffet, about his wife Susie,
“Susie has been the sun and rain in my garden for 25 years.”
And yet when Susie eventually does die, Buffett can’t cope. As his daughter, also named Susie, is planning the funeral, she tells him he doesn’t have to attend. “Warren was overcome with relief,” Schroeder writes. ” ‘I can’t,’ he said. To sit there, overwhelmed with thoughts of Susie, in front of everyone, was too much. ‘I can’t go.’ ”
There are some challenges even the world’s greatest investor can’t handle.
From Lee Kuan Yew, about his wife Choo,
“Without her, I would be a different man, with a different life. She devoted herself to me and our children. She was always there when I needed her.
“She has lived a life full of warmth and meaning. I should find solace in her 89 years of life well lived. But at this moment of the final parting, my heart is heavy with sorrow and grief.”
I am a firm believer that behind every great man is a great woman, and these two heroes, have clearly shown that they too can maintain a great relationship while building a country from scratch (literally). Who else would have the priviledge to say that.