To the layperson, this may connote nothing more than the apparent fact of an elderly Jewish gentleman playing a game popular in Boca Raton (and other sunny places where grandparents congregate). But to a knowing few, Breyer’s choice of game signals uncommon discernment. Bridge is not just a pastime for retirees, it is a fashionable hobby for the power elite.
“There’s something sexy about the game,” says Jill Meyers, a 17-time national champion and six-time world champion. “Everybody thinks it’s a bunch of old people eating watercress sandwiches, but it’s actually a great game for very intelligent, competitive people. I think they lose themselves in it.” Meyers, an attorney, has a music business in Los Angeles and runs licensing for NBC’s The Voice.