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January 6, 2012

At the Sharp End: Ivan Massow

By Spear's

The founder and CEO of Massow’s Financial Services faces the Spear’s grilling
Q.  What would your other career be?
A.  Dairy farmer — I love mornings.

Q.  Who is your greatest influence?
A.  Emperor Hadrian.

Q.  What is your biggest fear?
A.  Wasting time.

Q.  What is missing in the world?
A.   Manners.

Q.   In a year, the UK economy will be…
A.   Sort of OK.

Q.   Is business a pleasure?
A.   More of a privilege.

Q.  How many assistants do you have?
A.  Three or four.

Q.  Who makes your shirts?
A.  Marks & Spencer.

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Q.  Philanthropy should be…
A.  The reason you wanted to be rich.

Q.  My business mantra is…
A.  It’s not the end of the world.

Q.  Who do you have on speed-dial on your phone?
A.  My mum.

Q.  Which watch do you wear?
A.  Rolex. It’s the only way I can get a decent room.

Q.  Favourite hotel suite?
A.  The beach tent at the Amanwana on Moyo Island.
Q.  Money lets me…
A.  Decide what I want to do each morning.

Q.  My greatest success in business was…
A.  Massow Financial Services.

Q.  My greatest failure in business was…
A.  An attempt to partner with Zurich Life.

Q.  Which restaurant is indispensable?
A.  The Ivy.
Q.  What is your guilty pleasure?
A.  Monster Munch.

Q.  Where are you happiest?
A.  London.

Q.  How did you earn your first pay cheque?
A.  Paper boy.

Q.  Spear’s is sharp and to the point. I am…
A.  Getting on a bit and aware I must treasure every moment I’m given.

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