Does VICE have any semblance of cool left now that it is owned in part by News Corp. and top consultant Tom Freston (once of Viacom); has a TV series on HBO; bought a corporate branding company (Carrot Creative); etc., etc.? BBC News seems to think that VICE’s head hipster Shane Smith is well on the way to becoming the next Rupert Murdoch, scary as that may sound:
Shane Smith looks like the type of man who enjoys getting into fights in rough bars.
With his beard and tattoos, the big bear of a 44-year-old Canadian can appear rather intimidating. You wouldn’t want to spill his pint.
Looks can be deceptive, however, as through brains rather than brawn Mr Smith has built up a personal fortune of $400m (£240m).
The founder and boss of New York-based Vice Media, he could very well be the next Rupert Murdoch, such is his ambition for global domination.