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BILLIONAIRE 10 - The Journey Issue

BILLIONAIRE is an award-winning magazine not available on newsstands, but offered to a distinguished group of the most powerful, influential, high net worth readers across the world. Join them to receive special subscriber-only invitations. We go the extra mile to report on important topics such as the future of technology, world health, philanthropy and humanitarian work. We bring you incredible travel experiences, the very best in elegant living, the arts, culture and craftsmanship. We exclusively interview some of the world’s most illustrious billionaires, from Ted Turner to Nicky Oppenheimer to Joe Gebbia to Mo Ibrahim, about the problems keeping them up at night, their passions and projects. We speak to some of the planet’s most inspiring change-makers, from Jimmy Carter to Buzz Aldrin to Kofi Annan, about their visions for the future and how they are making the world a better place. Each quarterly issue of BILLIONAIRE is carefully curated with unique content that other magazines simply do not offer.

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in this issue

1 min
a word from the ceo

We often imagine a journey as being an undertaking that starts at one point and ends at another. Indeed, many think of life along the same lines: a determined start and an undetermined end. As I have journeyed along my life’s path I have come to realise it’s not a thin line but rather a broad highway that we walk. There is room to swerve along, moving from side to side, snaking our way through; all the while moving forward, no matter how gradually. When we give ourselves over to destiny, when we listen to our inner voice or follow our gut instinct, we tend to move through life with fewer curves and swerves; we cover less distance and have fewer bumps in our path. I find it’s when we become…

2 min
editor’s note

Whether it’s an epic adventure holiday or simply a trip to the shops, we make journeys every day. We think about how we are going to get there, what we will need, and, of course, how we will return home once the journey is over. But rarely do we consider our most important journey: the one we started at birth and the only one with an ending we can’t plan. What do we want our bigger picture to look like? What footprints will we leave behind? If we had to write a postcard describing our lives, what would it say? In this issue of Billionaire we look at journeys experienced through different lenses, physical, entrepreneurial and spiritual. Like our interview with former US President Jimmy Carter (p100). For most people, becoming their nation’s…

4 min
a frozen kingdom

After an enormous iceberg — the size of Delaware — broke away from Antarctica’s ice shelf this year, the world’s Southernmost continent has become the new posterchild for climate change. It will almost certainly result in more visitors to the region. Industry body IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) was founded back in 1991 specifically to promote the practice of responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic. It noted 15 percent more visitors to the region this season compared to the last, and numbers are expected to carry on growing. The appeal lies in reaching the seemingly unreachable. If anywhere delivers on that promise, it’s Antarctica: the iciest, coldest, driest, windiest desert there ever was. I was introduced to the continent on the Hanse Explorer, a 48m ice-classed superyacht. Days were spent zipping…

7 min
reykjavík magic

The sky above Reykjavík is rose-gold, with the evening sun gleaming off the Harpa concert hall’s glass honeycomb façade, lighting the old harbour and snowy mountains beyond. Walking along the waterfront, I watch the sailboats and seals bobbing in the inky-blue North Atlantic, the exotic seabirds overhead. The beauty of Reykjavík, which means smoky bay, is its access to nature. What’s equally amazing is the amount of culture crammed in this compact, colourful capital. At its heart, downtown Reykjavík’s main drag Laugavegur is a hive of bohemian glamour, blazing with Pop Art murals, hip boutiques, vegan cafes, vinyl record shops and latenight bookstores along its cobbled streets. The city is easy to explore in a couple of days while squeezing in an excursion or two. The futuristic hilltop church Hallgrímskirkja, soaring…

6 min
before they pass away

British photographer Jimmy Nelson has spent the last seven years photographing indigenous cultures in an iconic and romantic way. The book that resulted, Before They Pass Away, is a visual homage to the cultures he saw and the lessons he learned. “I feel the peoples have something we have lost a long time ago. Their life is more in harmony and balance,” he says. “The traditional knowledge of indigenous societies can contribute to the planet’s modern vision of technology, science and medicine. Indigenous societies also provide outstanding examples of sustainable living." Before They Pass Away was published in Autumn 2013 to international acclaim. Jimmy Nelson is now in Papua New Guinea working on the second part of the project. He talks about his experiences with Billionaire. “When you don’t understand the language,…

6 min
soul safari

In the mist and the rain, winding across the golden-green savannas toward a secluded hilltop, I felt as if I was returning someplace I’d been before. Hanging high over Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara safari lodge sits in the same setting where the most iconic scenes of Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa were filmed. It’s a soul-stirring dream of a place that seems to float 1,000ft above the Mara Triangle, the densest wildlife habitat in Africa. Way before Richard Branson started colonising Africa with his luxury eco lodges, Steve and Nicky Fitzgerald were blazing the trail for sustainable tourism. The pioneering husband-and-wife hoteliers had long coveted this special parcel of land. When it became available they came out of retirement to lease the 700 acres from the Maasai community and…