Law School: Duke Law School (Rank 10 = T14). Score: 4
Company He Keeps: After Rose’s 12-year marriage to Mary King Rose, sister-in-law of Morgan Stanley CEO John J. Mack, ended in 1980 (though he’s still friends with his her, which will cost him points), he began dating New York socialite Amanda Burden, stepdaughter of CBS founder William S. Paley. Score: 5
War Story: Have you noticed that MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly have stopped trading barbs each night? Well, it turns out that Rose was instrumental in bringing about that truce. He arranged a meeting between G.E. boss Jeffrey Immelt and News Corp. head honcho Rupert Murdoch. That meeting eventually led to a cease-fire, according to The New York Times. As for Rose, going toe-to-toe with two titans of business must be one hell of a story, but that’s just one from his entire career as a journalist since 1974, which includes some war wounds along the way. Score: 9.5
Controversy: Actor-director Christopher Guest once joked that Rose’s sometimes aggressive interview style was like McCarthyism. While Rose is sometimes rough with his guests, he rarely makes serious enemies. Unless you count the Teamsters who criticized Rose for hosting a Coca-Cola shareholders meeting where the union was staging a protest. That meeting even led to Coke being the lead sponsor of his PBS show. Score: 4
Best In Breed: If you haven’t been on Charlie Rose, you’re still a nobody. Fact. It’s easier to put together a list of celebrities who Rose hasn’t interviewed (enough for his own YouTube channel). But what makes Rose best in breed is that he’s equally at home with world leaders, captains of industry, top-level entertainers and even lawyers like Bert Fields and David Boies. And how’s this for meta? Charlie Rose has interviewed fellow listers Dan Abrams and Bob Woodruff (while Carolos Watson loves being compared to him). Rose seems to be just missing an interview with himself. Or is he…? Score: 10
Money: Rose didn’t practice law for very long, and his foray into the world of business ended a few years later when he discovered his passion for journalism. But, in addition to his PBS show, his work includes shows such as 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II, and he has been willing to reject million-dollar contracts for projects he objected to. Said to be paid $5.5 million for serving as master of ceremonies at the Coca-Cola annual meeting in 2002, plus with a speaking fee of $50,000, for a TV journalist, Rose might be sitting on some coin. Score: 8
Congratulations to Mr. Rose.