We've got news for you.

Register on BusinessLIVE at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now

So, you want to be an investment banker? Sitting on yachts in European harbours watching the common folk go about their ordinary holidays? Want to fly first-class? A gorgeous wife, and your kids at the best schools? Want your bonus to look like a small city budget? Yep, the money to be made can be mouthwatering. But there’s a price to pay behind closed doors where no-one can watch you debase yourself. You have to kiss serious ass. You bow and scrape and beg and plead. Please sir, give me your business; please sir, I’ve got this idea for your already glorious company, won’t you have a look at it? Journalists don’t make the investment banking money, but no-one tells us what to do. Well, mostly. I am reminded what a dreadful business investment banking is by a leaked letter in circulation. It is from Martin Kingston, the impeccably-connected CEO of Rothschild in SA, to the current (but not for much longer, some say) CEO of Eskom, Phakamani Hadebe. The letter is being hawked around by I...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now

Would you like to comment on this article?
Register (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

Commenting is subject to our house rules.