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BILLIONAIRE 04 - Passion Issue

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in this issue

1 min
a word from the ceo

'Passion separates us from all the others', I remember saying these words to the Head of Group Compliance at Credit Suisse in Zurich, what feels like a lifetime ago. And I recall his response when they came to renew their contract with my firm, that each of the department heads had to agree 'we just kept getting better' and they could 'see the passion'. It's hard I'm sure for anyone to imagine regulatory compliance done with passion but we managed. We built a company I'm still so proud of today and which sits as a gem within the Thomson Reuters Group. Passion doesn't always guarantee success, sadly. There are those who are passionate about what they do but really are not talented. There are others who are passionate but not business minded enough…

2 min
editor's note

“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion,” said Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, a 19th century German philosopher. In today’s fast-paced, tech-obsessed, commoditised world, it is easy to lose sight of the importance of passion. Why should we feel passionate at work when our merit is represented by a monthly paycheck? Why should we feel passionate about love when we can find a partner by ‘swiping right’ on Tinder? Why should we feel passionate about travel when Google Maps lets us explore every inch of the planet from our computer screen? But Hegel’s truism is as important today as it was 200 years ago. Without passion, we would have none of the world’s manmade wonders. Shakespeare’s oeuvre wouldn’t exist, neither would Picasso’s Guernica; there would be no Parc Güell and…

4 min
the story of life

THE DIGITAL CULTURE WE LIVE IN HAS pixelated not only the images we use, but also our very lives. We live broken sequences of quick, short moments instead of long, focused exchanges. We watch fewer feature films at the cinema and more videos on social media. We do not read as many books; we glance through micro-news and short stories of 140 characters. We live in an era of fast consumption, where time itself is broken into bits of short-lived experience and superficial feelings, where the word ‘awesome’ qualifies quickly forgotten sensations. With today’s short attention span, how can we still experience emotional depth, complexity, diversity, nuances, and still use the digital tools that we keep inventing? How can we feel truly passionate about something when our world demands that we constantly…

6 min
racing against extinction

DR LAURIE MARKER IS PRACTICALLY SYNONYMOUS with cheetah conservation. In the 1980s, Dr Marker helped identify the cheetah’s lack of genetic variation, which causes the species greater problems for survival. She founded the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in 1990 and moved to Namibia to develop a permanent Conservation Research Centre for the wild cheetah. She has won numerous awards for her work, including Time magazine’s Heroes for the Planet in 2000 and the Zoological Society of San Diego’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. More recently, she was awarded the 2010 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. Billionaire sat down with Dr Marker to hear her thoughts on the plight of this rare cat. Mark Segal: You have a slogan, ‘cheetahs are racing against extinction’. What problems are cheetahs facing? Laurie Marker: They are multi-faceted…

4 min
smart art, urbane champagne

“GOOD WINE IS LIKE CULTIVATED ART,” SAYS MICHEL Janneau, and he would know. As executive vice-president of 240-year-old Champagne house Louis Roederer, he also runs the company’s art foundation. “Well-conceived art as the conveyer of meaning and creative expression, echoes Louis Roederer’s quest for an ‘intelligent’ wine. It brings a feeling of harmony between the mind and the senses.” He certainly argues his point well. A smooth-tongued, silver-haired Frenchman, Janneau is the embodiment of joie de vivre. “I would much prefer sitting with you and a good glass of Roederer,” he laments over the phone from Paris. “Next time, there will be Champagne!” I am sure of it. Janneau was brought on board in 1998 to lead a new communications and marketing division at Louis Roederer, which, after 13 years of gentle…

4 min
compassion is not just fashion

THE WEALTHY CARRY GREAT BURDENS IN RELATION TO ALWAYS making more money; measuring up to societal expectations; of giving back so that they are seen as ones who are involved with communities and not just profiteering; and, finally, of wishing to be a part of a more just and equal society. Most people who are rich are remembered only for their riches. Only a very few are remembered for what they did beyond their wealth. By nature, man celebrates success. But the difference that we are witnessing today is that success also has only one genre, which is wealth. Cerebral prowess or artistic prodigies are long forgotten. People involved with bodies such as Davos don’t celebrate business: they celebrate capitalism, which is not the same thing. This will change when we…