If someone came to you tomorrow with R100m to invest in just one company, which would it be?
Uniqlo, a subsidiary of Fast Retailing.
Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to make small talk.
What was your first job?
In standard 9 (grade 11) I worked at a small Pep Store in Athlone, Cape Town. Perhaps that is where the interest in retail started.
What’s your biggest regret?
I entered the investment research space after working in industry (mainly retail) for 10 years. Looking back, I should have made the change earlier.
What was your worst investment mistake?
There are many contenders for this. The most recent was a venture capital investment in a startup food-ordering app.
What’s the best investment you’ve ever made?
Property — buying my first house when I was 25.
If you found a lottery ticket tomorrow that had won US$100m, what would you do?
Return it to the lost & found department.
Apple or Samsung (or Nokia)?
What’s your favourite song?
"Viva la Vida", by Coldplay.
On what occasions do you lie?
When completing questionnaires like this.
Your greatest extravagance?
I am generally not extravagant, but I will occasionally spend money on good-quality suits.
Name a place you’ve been to that lived up to the hype.
If you could fix one thing in SA today, what would it be?
I’d work on mass employment — for example, creating a number of low-skilled jobs on infrastructure projects that can address service delivery issues and channel money to households, which will drive consumption.