NEW YORK -- Apple (AAPL) may be gearing up production at its Chinese vendor FoxConn. Or offering new discounts on iPhones. But Shirley Jones is not impressed."I have some things from Brookstone, maybe a Nokia (NOK)," Jones told me during a serendipitous 15-minute chat at a New York media event. "I don't have a Facebook (FB - Get Report) page. I know how it works, but technology does not interest me. I'd rather be out skiing."
Investors would be foolish to dismiss this Academy Award-winning actress -- she was so great in Elmer Gantry -- as illiterate to the ways of money. CelebrityNetWorth.com estimates she's worth about $25 million, an impression confirmed by what had to be 10 carats of jewelry on her wedding ring finger and the clear look of satisfaction from someone whose agent site says she fetches between $10,000 and $20,000 per appearance. Tonight she was doing nothing more than sitting under a giant fake TV, signing autographs. The more I spoke with Ms. Jones, the more I realized she not only knows her technology; I had found a sister in skeptical arms. When I asked her about how she manages social media or communicates with her kids, "On the phone. What else would you use?" she said. "I have 12 grandkids. They don't use Facebook anymore."