So I read news today about how a Brit woman was raped in Colombia by drug traffickers who found her camping at a site.
All I could think was how dangerous the world outside of most G10/G20 nations is. Then I thought about who would have been my employer and boss if I passed all interviews at his firm.
I tried to make it in to the commodity/oil trading industry by joining Trafigura but I couldn't. For those of you who don't know - they're a physical trading house and a Fortune 500 empire. Single handedly built by a French swash-buckling real deal billionaire who traveled to far flung countries to do business and had a stomach made out of steel.
Claude died in Colombia in 2015. He was the real deal billionaire - a guy who could lay everything on the line and had 0 fear. Clearly, it took a serious mind hell bent on getting rich to travel out of the comfort zone to countries like Ivory Coast in Africa, and Colombia.
So I'm just wondering - would you guys go out of your comfort zone for the bucks ? Mentally and physically you need to be prepared to have 0 fear. It's clear to me Claude deserved all his billions because the easiest thing would have been to settle for some 9-5 in France. He didn't need to travel to third world places or do deals with shady people and get uncomfortable.
I'd love to be as rich as Claude, but sometimes I wonder whether I have the stomach for it. A cubicle job does suck, but at least you're not facing jail time in Africa - nor do you have to travel to Colombia. Fortune favors the bold indeed, but the question is - are you willing to become bold for it.
Claude was a freak of nature, mentally and physically. You picture a man on the Forbes list as someone sipping wine in Monaco on a yacht, but this was someone who was as adventurous as Indiana Jones and never felt an ounce of fear doing what many would fear doing. He could be doing big deals in countries you never heard of traveling 3 weeks a month while laying it all on the line. I really wonder how he managed it all mentally, every time he step foot into the USA he could've been arrested on bribery allegations or for buying some third world dictator a mansion as a "gift".
Claude in his private jet ($20 million + brand new) during happier times:
This is claude in Africa - where he spent 5 months in jail when a deal went wrong. I believe he was a proper billionaire by this point.
Claude was a high-flyer - his friends and business associates were close to Vladimir Putin
A remarkable individual for sure. Colombia, Africa, doing deals with Putin's friends, private jetting around the world to build a Fortune 500 empire. This man was built tough. How many of you would do the same for the almighty dollar ?