Magazine article Management Today

MT Stuff: Life/Style - Ross Williams

Magazine article Management Today

MT Stuff: Life/Style - Ross Williams

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With a net worth of pounds 30 million, the founder and CEO of online dating provider Venntro met his wife on the internet and has a pilot's licence.


After getting up at 5.30am, I run along Regent's Canal or go to the Psycle spin studio near my home in Islington, using my Apple Watch as a heart-rate monitor. It's a great way to start the day. My record time getting ready for work is 12 minutes. I'm a convert to Hermes Terre d'Hermes skincare products, and usually wear jackets, shirts, jeans and brown brogues from Mr Porter. I tend to use Hailo or Uber to get to our office in Covent Garden, or drive my Tesla Model S P85D to our office in Windsor. I spend most of my time on the phone or on email. Though I'm a bit of a geek, my developers won't let me anywhere near the code now.


I have over two million air miles, but I'm a bit of a princess when it comes to flying. Usually it's Virgin Atlantic Upper or BA first class, simply because I need to sleep. Noisecancelling headphones are essential, especially for calming my nerves at take-off. Being a pilot, I know what can go wrong. I got my licence at 18 but still fly a Cessna 172 (above) a few times a year. It's the equivalent of a Ford Fiesta - fine to learn in but very unsexy. I try to stay in Starwood Group hotels or the Four Seasons wherever I am, but my house in Provence (right) is where I go to escape the world.


Alongside musical theatre, cars are my only vice. I have six, including a Morgan Aero Supersports (above) that's perfect for Sunday afternoons in the country, a Ferrari 458 that's exhilarating on the racetrack and a Range Rover Autobiography, which is a dog bus. …

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