Trevor Horwell, CEO at Nobu Hospitality

Since Nobu Hospitality moved into the hotel industry five years ago, the luxury lifestyle brand has grown to operate across five continents. On track to operate 20 hotels by 2020, the iconic portfolio will see properties in Barcelona, Los Cabos and Chicago launch this year alone. With a career in luxury hospitality spanning more than…

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Charlie Betts, Managing Director, Betts Group

Betts was founded in 1760 and is now in its third century of trading. Tell us a little about the history of Betts. The business was founded to service the newly developed jewellery industry in Birmingham at the start of the industrial revolution. Obviously a lot has changed since then, with huge technological developments in…

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Tej Kholi – The Business of Philanthropy

There is a great difference between charity and philanthropy, but it is a difference that is too often ignored. Charity is the act of giving money, any amount, but not actively engaging in the cause. Philanthropy involves giving money, certainly, but also requires personal and proactive involvement. The traditional image of the billionaire philanthropist is…

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Jim Thompson, Chairman, Crown Worldwide

Entrepreneur Jim Thompson founded Crown Worldwide in 1965 with an initial investment of just 1,000 USD and took it to a turnover of 840m USD in 50 years. Launched in Yokohama, Japan, it is now one of the world’s largest privately-owned companies in the field of international logistics and related services with 265 offices in…

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Investing in Private Companies

Have you ever overheard friends or colleagues talking about the great companies they’ve invested in? Or maybe you’ve listened to them bragging about what an amazing return on investment they’ve achieved or how cool the businesses are: a trendy boutique bistro pub, a new micro-brewery, a designer watch company supplying celebrities and famous footballers, the…

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