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BILLIONAIRE 20 - The Legacy Issue

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in this issue

1 min
a word from the ceo

Recently, a high-school friend, who had been staying with me, fell ill. Although the medical teams did everything possible to save him, he sadly didn’t make it. I recall numerous very frank bedside conversations over the last four months of his life. Perhaps the one that stands out most was when he spoke to me of what he’d do on returning to South Africa. He wanted nothing more than to take his young children to school and pick them up in the afternoon, to play with them in the pool and put them to sleep at night. Life and the afterlife have occupied our thoughts for as long as legacy has. Simple questions of how we will be remembered, whether we have done enough and whether we could have been a better…

1 min
editor’s note

Don’t we all want to leave a legacy? It’s a reason why we set up businesses or have kids, the idea that, when we are no longer around, a part of us will live on through the memories we’ve made and the values we’ve passed down. And that should be as good a motivation as any to make a positive contribution for future generations. We’ve dedicated this issue to profiling some of the most innovative legacies being left, including our cover story, the Norwegian philanthropist building a research vessel that is expected to contribute enormously to our understanding of ocean conservation (p30). Others, such as Sir Richard Branson (p44), are leaving a legacy dedicated to going up, rather than down. The creative legacies left by those such as minimalist architect John Pawson…

2 min
what’s new

Like father, like son Dominique de Villepin, France’s former prime minister, is opening an art gallery on Hong Kong’s Hollywood Road with his son, Arthur. The three-storey gallery, Villepin, will open this month with an exhibition of work by the late artist Zao Wou-Ki, who was a close friend of the family. The new gallery programme will exhibit work by some of the world’s most important artists, focusing on those whose work carries universal messages to demonstrate the power of art to build bridges and change lives. The Villepins have been based in Hong Kong for many years and are passionate art collectors. Good vibrations The Earth Harp is the world’s longest stringed instrument, its strings stretching from the stage, out over the audience, to mountains or buildings beyond. Its founder, musician William…

2 min
hand-up not hand-out

I grew up in a burgeoning middle America, with two new pairs of pants on the first day of school that would last me the whole year. I thought myself lucky and I was. Charity was taught to me as something that starts at home. We took care of family members long before anyone else. When I moved to Southeast Asia, I met another family who changed my lens on the world. The first time I saw real poverty was on the outskirts of a small village in Siem Reap, Cambodia, in the 1990s. A friend brought me to meet a mum and her six children, the little ones with stomachs distended from malnutrition. The two-year-old stole my heart with his wicked sense of humour. It was that instant that the…

3 min

Mitsuhiro Araki Everyone is in charge of their own life and how they live it. We should all have complete responsibility for the choices we make. I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from some of the best masters in the world, such as ‘emperor of sushi’ Takeaki Niitsu from Kiyota in Ginza and the masters from Izumi. I am a firm believer that you do not have to be Japanese to become a sushi master, but you must have a thorough understanding of Japanese history and respect for the traditions and crafts of the art of Edomae sushi. Our gratitude is expressed by providing the best hospitality to our guests and to entertain them wholeheartedly. This is called Omotenashi. Everything I do, from the ingredients I choose, to…

6 min
ocean mission

There are several ships dedicated to scientific research and exploration, but REV Ocean (Research Expedition Vessel) is a different kettle of fish. This 86.6m leviathan owned by Norwegian billionaire Kjell Inge Røkke is currently the largest and most advanced expedition superyacht dedicated to ocean conservation. Røkke has come a long way from being a humble fisherman in Seattle to making a fortune when he returned to Norway in his 30s by gradually building a shipping empire. His entrepreneurial genes took over when he started buying old boats and turning them into trawlers, finally taking over as main shareholder, and now chairman, of Aker, the 173-year-old shipping and offshore drilling conglomerate. Røkke became Norway’s 10th-richest man with a net worth of US$3.5 billion, and a widely reported reputation, which Forbes describes as…