Name: Adam TwidellAge: Not quite 40! Company: PrivateFly.com. We’re an online booking network for private jet hire. Turnover: £3m First job: Aged 10, I delivered bread rolls at 5am on a Saturday morning to neighbours in Glasgow. I then expanded the bread empire into lunch-time delivery of filled rolls to pupils (and some teachers) at school for some extra dough! Dream job: Brand ambassador and pilot at Red Bull Hangar-7. Car: On the road, a Vespa (50cc). In the air, a Citation XLS (8,000lbs thrust). Economy, business or first class: It’s either easyJet or private jet – nothing in between. Most extravagant purchase: I’ve just bought a £7,000 woodburner. How’s that for burning cash? Most-played song on your iPod: “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele. Best business book: White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. Offers a must-read insight into the Asian entrepreneur’s business mindset. Worst business moment: Seeing Virgin launch a similar online private jet product with massive media exposure. Proudest business moment: PrivateFly.com beating Boeing into second place in Flight International’s Website Of The Year award category. Your business mentor: PrivateFly’s chairman Richard Carrick who, among many other things, has taught me to focus on the one or two key things in any business situation. Next big thing: Space tourism. I can’t wait to see Virgin Galactic’s launch. We are witnessing “one huge step” in aviation’s relatively short 100-year history.
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