Magazine article Management Today

Keith Jones - If I Had to Start Again

Magazine article Management Today

Keith Jones - If I Had to Start Again

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I could have been a ski instructor or run a chalet business. I turned down my first chance of a ski trip in 1975, shortly after I left Oxford, and didn't end up going until three years later.

I was hooked, but by then my City career was already under way. If I'd gone earlier I may have thought 'sod it', gone off skiing, and not got into any of this. Twenty-twenty rear vision is a great thing.

Still, I'm delighted to have done what I've done. The business is in great shape, and there's loads of other exciting stuff going on in the City that I'd now like to get involved in - entrepreneurial stuff with hedge funds, private equity and management boutiques.

People say they knew their career path, but that's bollocks; there's an awful lot of luck involved. I was born on a council estate in Merseyside, and was lucky to go to a state primary school where the headmaster looked out for the bright kids. That got me into a direct-grant grammar school, and then on to Oxford. …

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