Johann Vorster

Johann Vorster

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Where were you when Nelson Mandela was released from prison?

Buying a company in Durban.

What’s your one top tip for doing a deal?

Always be humble, never talk down to your target.

Nominate your eighth wonder of the world

Mobile phones.

Which phrase or word do you most overuse?

Balance.

What was your first job?

Merchandiser at Dion Stores.

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

Superman, of course.

What is your biggest regret?

Not having six children (I have two).

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

I really like "girly" movies with happy endings.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Men trying to be young by dyeing their hair.

What’s the worst airport you’ve been in?

Lagos, a few years ago.

What is your biggest indulgence?

Chocolate fondant.

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

Mastrantonio in Illovo, Johannesburg.

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

Naspers.

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

Anything above R100m is "public money", but any money without happiness is of no use.

What are you currently reading? And what’s the one book everyone should read?

I don’t have much time to read [right now] other than financial and motoring magazines. The Road Less Travelled by M Scott Peck.

When and where were you happiest?

When I was voted the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year for Southern Africa for 2016.