I was in very the first Insider 42 under 42 in 1991 when I’d made my second million at Cashman Computer Leasing. And you do the maths – I was barely 22. What a performer, eh?
Unfortunately I’m out of the country, sorting out a deal in Belize, but I thought I’d treat you all to my answers to some of the questions they’ve asked the boys and girls who’ve been in this list over the years. I’m a giver after all.
Who inspires you?
He can drink, he can play cricket, he can tell a joke and he’s walked over the Alps with an elephant and a crew of spastics. And he’s recovered from leukemia – there is none to compare with Sir Beefy of Botham.
Best piece of business advice ever received?
Have chopper, will travel (Tim Knowles).
Ideal board member (dead or alive)?
I’d have to say Nicholas van Hoogstraten. He knew the golden rule of the property trade like no one else – that he who blinks first gets bummed.
Do you have a favourite politician?
Maggie Maggie Maggie – Oi Oi Oi. Mind you, I met that Caroline Flint (ex-housing minister) when Labour were in town last month. She knows sod all about the resi market, but marks out of two? I’d give her one.
Mastermind specialist subject?
Best lads trip ever?
The Ford Campbell golf trip to Menorca, no further comment required – tour rules apply.
What’s your claim to fame?
The Wilmslow Messenger once had a front-page story titled “Is this the most dangerous man in Cheshire?” when I returned a test drive a bit too quickly to Stratstone and scattered a few schoolies. In my defence, I was only 16 and I’ve calmed down since then. That and I introduced Freddie Flintoff to Paul Beck.
As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
After my football career was cruelly cut short by injury (see above), business became my field of dreams.
Are there enough opportunities in the North West to satisfy your ambitions?
Depends who’s asking. If it’s the current Mrs C, then yes, of course there is darling and I’ve told the Congolese embassy they can build their own golf courses.
What’s your karaoke classic?
“Simply the Best”.
My racehorse – Flash the Cash – is a gluepot on four legs. Never again.
Who’d play you in a film of your life?
This is where the muppets say Daniel Craig, but as far as I’m concerned he’s a posh kid from Chester. It’s obvious isn’t it: George Clooney is the only one with the brooding presence now Brando’s pegged it.