Bob van Dijk spends about 200 days of the year travelling. He’s seen more airport lounges than is surely good for anyone, but that’s what happens when you run a business with operations in 120 countries. And if you keep a decentralised management team who wants face-time with the CEO. "We do see each other a lot," he tells the FM.

Van Dijk is based in the Netherlands, the country of his birth. He’s also the first foreigner to head Naspers — a blue-blood SA firm that began life as De Nasionale Pers Beperkt in 1915.

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