Ann Leep­ile

Financial Mail - - MONEY&INVESTING - Head of Absa As­set Man­age­ment

If some­one came to you to­mor­row with R100m to in­vest in just one com­pany, which would it be?

50% would go into Kenyan tele­coms firm Sa­fari­com, a cer­tain stock of the fu­ture; 50% into a pri­vate eq­uity-type in­vest­ment in the health-care busi­ness.

Which tal­ent would you most like to have?

Might I say the abil­ity to eat any­thing want and not gain weight? Se­ri­ously though, fore­sight. It would be in­cred­i­ble to see what lies ahead but I’d also want the abil­ity to turn it off when­ever I choose.

What was your first ever job? If you could fix one thing in SA to­day, what would it be?

I At Stuttafords on week­ends when I was in ma­tric. My first proper pay­ing job was at Jpmor­gan Chase. The de­riv­a­tives desk in Lon­don in 2002 was the most in­cred­i­ble learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I am hon­estly stuck be­tween the state of health care and the lack of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

If you could turn back time, what would you change in your life?

I would spend less time wor­ry­ing about what peo­ple thought about me.

What’s the best in­vest­ment you’ve ever made?

Buy­ing shares in MTN’S first BEE scheme 10 years ago.

If you found a lot­tery ticket to­mor­row that had won $100m, what would you do with it?

Once again I would put a large amount into a health-care in­vest­ment. Quali Health. I would put another chunk into girls’ ed­u­ca­tion; take my fam­ily on a first-class trip around the world; give some to a few of my ex­tended fam­ily and my nan­nies; get the home­less guy I drive past on the way to work ev­ery day a house; and use the lit­tle left over to take my friends shop­ping.

What’s your favourite song?

Any­thing African. Salif Keita, Hugh Masekela, Oliver Mtukudzi, all time­less and warms my heart.

What is your most trea­sured pos­ses­sion?

Though I don’t ac­tu­ally own them, my kids.

On what oc­ca­sion do you lie?

When I move my kids’ bed­time up by an hour.

What was your last pur­chase?

A prop­erty stock I was as­sured is hot. Let’s chat again in a year.

What is your great­est ex­trav­a­gance?

Our home and great restau­rants.

What travel ex­pe­ri­ence is on your bucket list?

Ice­land. Be­fore I am 50.

How much was your first pay cheque and what did you do with it?

I earned R8 an hour at Stuttafords. It didn’t buy me much but life was fun and care­free.

Ap­ple or Samsung (or Nokia)?

Ap­ple, all the way.

Name a place you’ve been to that lives up to the hype?

New York. My favourite place in the world.

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