The Brave Ones

Neil Diamond was my childhood idol: Dollar Shave Club founder Michael Dubin

Key Points
  • Dollar Shave Club founder Michael Dubin says he loves Neil Diamond
  • Diamond is celebrating 50 years since his first hit single

Neil Diamond has been performing since 1966 and now he has a new number one fan.

Michael Dubin, founder of the Dollar Shave Club, revealed to CNBC's "The Brave Ones" that Diamond was his childhood idol.

When questioned about career ambitions as a youngster, Dubin responded: "Be a businessman." But when asked who his childhood idol was, he said: "Well, certainly Neil Diamond."

Neil Diamond performs in Los Angeles in the 1970s
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On whether he wanted to be Neil Diamond as a child he said: "I loved Neil Diamond. I still love Neil Diamond. But I don't know that I wanted to be Neil Diamond."

Diamond is celebrating 50 years since his first hit, "Solitary Man," with a world tour. He is set to play Indianapolis tomorrow and New York next month, Dubin's former home city.

Dubin started Dollar Shave Club in 2012, and in early 2016 started discussions with Unilever about an advisory relationship.

"And it snowballed into a conversation about a partnership and an acquisition. And that opportunity was so attractive for us, that we couldn't say no," Dubin said, and Unilever ended up buying the business for $1 billion.

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