Fortune magazine on Monday(June 12, 2017), held its sixth Most Powerful Women International Summit, an annual conference at which women exchange ideas around becoming bigger and better leaders. Attendees at the event held in London’s Dorchester Hotel included Nicola Mendelsohn, vice president of Facebook EMEA, Tamara Mellon, co-founder of Jimmy Choo, Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyd’s of London, among others.
Model and philanthropist Naomi Campbell was also in attendance and in her an exchange with Time editor-in-chief, Nancy Gibbs, told a story about Donald Trump that for once wasn’t about him conning people.
According to Campbell, she was raising money for Fashion for Relief in the mid-00s, an effort to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and she reached out to Trump for a donation. “I asked him for money and he said ‘How much do you want?’,” explained Campell, who went on to use Trump’s ego as a way to leverage more money. “I said, ‘This person gave that,’ and he said ‘Okay, I’ll match it’ and that was it. I know something about ego. If someone gave more or less than someone else, [he’d] want to match it.”
Supremely cognizant of her own worth, when asked if she enjoyed meeting powerful people, a list that includes Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Nelson Mandella, Campbell replied, “Excuse me, they like meeting me!”