GAVIN YOUNG

Financial Mail - - CROSSWORD 2036 - CEO, BRIDGE­STONE

What is the one in­vest­ment you wish you had made, or made ear­lier?

I would have in­vested ear­lier in off­shore as­sets to mit­i­gate the volatil­ity risk of the SA mar­ket.

What was your first job?

Counter hand in Dave Ea­ger’s hard­ware store in Roset­tenville dur­ing grades 11 and 12 on Satur­days, and I worked as a counter hand at Kens­ing­ton Paint & Hard­ware for the pe­riod that I stud­ied chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at Wits.

What are you read­ing at the mo­ment? by Leon Uris (reread­ing it for the sixth time).

What’s the one book ev­ery­one should read be­fore they die? What do you con­sider the most over­rated virtue?

Rev­er­ence — the world is mov­ing too fast not to be con­tin­u­ously ques­tioned.

Which his­tor­i­cal fig­ure do you most iden­tify with?

Win­ston Churchill for his lead­er­ship in a cri­sis.

What is your big­gest in­dul­gence?

My wine cel­lar, be­cause choco­late is a ne­ces­sity and not an in­dul­gence.

Which phrase or word do you most overuse?

“Fail fast.” Who is your favourite hero of fic­tion? Neo of

Ex­o­dus The Lord of the Rings. The Ma­trix.

What’s the worst air­port you’ve been in? Kam­pala Air­port in Uganda.

What’s your top tip for do­ing a deal? Cul­tural fit for long-term sus­tain­abil­ity.

What is your most trea­sured pos­ses­sion? My free­dom.

What is your big­gest re­gret? Never learn­ing how to play the pi­ano prop­erly.

Which liv­ing per­son do you most ad­mire? Richard Bran­son, for his abil­ity to make a dif­fer­ence.

Tell us about a hid­den gem in SA that not many peo­ple know about.

The Eye of Ku­ru­man.

Is there such a thing as “enough money” and, if so, how much is it?

There is, at the point where you don’t have to worry about food.

How do you deal with stress? I play soc­cer and squash.

What’s the most in­ter­est­ing thing about you that peo­ple don’t know?

I like bush camp­ing in re­mote ar­eas.

Nom­i­nate your eighth won­der of the world. Vic­to­ria Falls.

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