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Adam Landau

Name: Adam Landau

Age: 33

Company: Office space providers DeVono Property

Turnover: £2.3m

First job: Buyer for United Overseas Group Plc I was tasked with heading up a new consumer software wholesale division for the group who were the UK’s leading purchasers of overstocks. My aim was to purchase all remaining out of date titles at incredibly low prices with the aim to re-distribute them throughout Europe to leading multinational retailers such as Tesco, Morrison’s, Toys R’ Us, Dixons, etc. It was a very exciting role as I was purchasing multi-million pounds worth of stock from multiple publishers while also selling them to well-known international groups.

Dream job: CEO of Apple Inc.

Car: Mercedes E Class.

Economy, business or first class: Business class; economy is tight and first class overpriced.

Most extravagant purchase: My current house, very recently purchased!

Most-played song on your iPod: Through and Through by Life of Agony.

Best business book: Gerald Ronson’s Leading From the Front

Worst business moment: Having to make someone redundant at the start of the credit crunch (only time it has ever happened).

Proudest business moment: Breaking the record for the largest number of office acquisitions in London ever (2011). When we started, we were given a tough time from the industry because we exclusively represented tenants this went against how the property market traditionally operates, yet it was this factor which allowed us to be the market leading office acquisitions agency.

Your business mentor: Donald Trump.

Next big thing: Online money lending for businesses.


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