Theo Paphitis: British business tycoon.

Born: September 24, 1959.

Even as an adult, Theo Paphitis does not like to read.

You know what?  My inspiration to be in business did not actually come from a book.  It actually came from watching telly as a kid.

TV inspired me at that stage and I knew I wanted to run my own business.

He does enjoy learning about what others are doing, however.

I look at other people who are entrepreneurial or successful and you know what?  I don’t have jealousy and I don’t have envy.  I have pure admiration and it drives me so I love to read, I love to see people who are successful, more successful than me because that drives me.

He credits his success to his creative edge.

Every year, no matter how busy I am, I [take off] all the school holidays.  That’s the time I spend with my family and…that’s the time I have most of my creative thoughts.

And to his intrinsic curiosity.

Finance meant getting stuck into other people’s business – and I’m a nosy bugger. You had to go through the business, you had to go through all the bits and pieces. My curiosity was enough to get me to ask the right questions.

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