"Do you miss working with any of your old colleagues?" I asked the chairman of the insignificantly-s...
"Do you miss working with any of your old colleagues?" I asked the chairman of the insignificantly-sized investment company SmallBlue Planet. "Not particularly," he replied. "You know I try and avoid interacting with my employees as much as possible."
"But what about your marketing director?" I tried instead. "He was like a son to you." "More like a mildly tolerated nephew," the chairman corrected me. "True," I agreed. "Then what about the managing director? You have to admit you used to get on pretty well with him. Haven't you ever thought of renewing the partnership?"
"You know very well he stayed on when Dullbank took over," said the chairman. "And of course when I sold up, the deal specifically prevented me from approaching any of my former employees for at least two years. Even if I wanted him to come on board, my hands are tied."
He shrugged and returned to his glass of Chateau Tugendhat. "Yeah right," I said. "Next you're going to tell me you're unaware that the man who replaced you on the boards of all your former investment trusts handed in his notice this morning." "Really?" said the chairman. "I had no idea. What's the old boy going to do?" "Dullbank's press office told me he was going backpacking for six months." "What a splendid plan," said the chairman. "Oh come on," I protested. "The guy's 52 and he's got three kids, two ex-wives and one ex in waiting to support." "Like I said, what a splendid plan," repeated the chairman. "Is he going anywhere nice?"
"Apparently he'll be bull-fighting in Madrid, cliff-diving in Acapulco and chinchilla-baiting in the Andes, although I have to say I'm a little sceptical." "Why, what do you think he's going to be up to?" "Well, call me mad enough to invest in a continental split cap tech trust but I think he's going to be holed up in one of your Pacific island retreats. I think he'll be in constant contact and I think the pair of you are going to spend the next six months plotting how to win back all your former management contracts and no doubt dreaming up a bunch of new products just for good measure."
"Income or Residual?" asked the chairman. "I'm sorry?" I said blankly. "Those shares you're going to be buying in European Technology & Income." The chairman's smile was just a little too smug.
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