Never take it personally—it’s business.
Sometimes, when vipers surround you, it is hard not to take their venom to heart.
But as Clair George, former CIA spymaster, told Monaco’s spymaster, “it is just business, don’t take it personally.”
To Monaco’s vipers—public officials who should be serving, not stealing, from their people—it is bizniz, in the Russian sense.
We knew that cabinet ministers did not view investigations into their corrupt actions as personal.
Their response, trying to get the Prince back on track—their track—was not personal, but bizniz.
Even today, nothing personal—just business.