Daneel De Villiers

Name: Daneel De Villiers 

Age: 43 

Company: IT consulting firm De Villiers Walton 

Turnover: £4m 

First job: I was a waiter.

Dream job: I’d love to be an architect. I think it’s because I have a problem-solving mind. As a child, I used to enjoy technical drawing and thinking about how to improve the structural integrity of buildings.

Car: BMW 630i. 

Economy, business or first class: Economy. I can sleep anywhere any time! 

Most extravagant purchase: I have an expensive watch (it is a Breitling and was a 40th birthday gift from my wife). I only realised how much I actually valued it when I had to get it repaired! 

Most-played song on your iPod: I don’t have one, but I am an avid karaoke singer. I love belting-out classics such as Rod Stewart’s “Sailing” and Tom Jones’ “Delilah”. 

Best business book: I’ve found reading books such as Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail very helpful in putting the global economic downturn into context. I also enjoyed The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis, and A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers by Lawrence G McDonald and Patrick Robinson. 

Worst business moment: We once employed someone without doing a thorough reference check. The fallout from cleaning up the mess that person subsequently made was tough. 

Proudest business moment: Building-up a successful business and helping it to prosper, despite the tough market. 

Your business mentor: My business partner, Darron Walton and the DVW management team. 

Next big thing: Moving into Asia.

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