Michael Gates Gill

The son of New Yorker writer Brendan Gill, Michael Gates Gill was a creative director at J. Walter Thompson Advertising, where he was employed for over twenty-five years. He lives in New York within walking distance of the Starbucks store where he works, and has no plans to retire from what he calls the best job he’s ever had.


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News stories featuring Michael Gates Gill’s story:

The New York Times—Life Changes, With a Latte to Go

CNN—“Fired exec: ‘Starbucks saved my life'"
(includes video)

CBS—"A Riches-to-Rags Story Takes a Fortuitous Turn at a Coffee Shop"


Published work

How To Save Your Own Life: 15 Lessons on Finding Hope in Unexpected Places (Gotham, December 2009); How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else (Gotham, September 2007)