David Hertz. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
David Hertz. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

We question David Hertz, chairman of Werksmans Attorneys.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that people don’t know?

Possibly the fact that I have kept a journal for the past 20 years. Following a successful matter, I received a blank leather-bound A4 journal from a client and kept it next to my bed for several years. One day I decided to record anecdotes, primarily about my family, which then expanded to events that had enriched my life. Nearly 20 years later, I am a third of the way through Volume V, having filled nearly 2,000 pages.

Nominate your eighth wonder of the world.

Our holiday home in Plettenberg Bay.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Beauty, followed closely by assertiveness. Neither of these should, in my view, be considered a virtue.

What’s your one top tip for doing a deal?

Be fair and don’t sweat the small stuff.

What are you reading at the moment, and what’s the one book everyone should read before they die?

I’m reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. Everyone should read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

Where were you when Nelson Mandela was released from prison?

At the office.

Is there such a thing as “enough money” and, if so, how much is it?

One of my clients, who is a billionaire, says that US$100m is enough money. I disagree; I think one has enough money when money ceases to affect the way one lives one’s life.

Which phrase or word do you most overuse?

“At the end of the day”, followed by “the Werksmans’ way”, and then by “matters that matter”.

What’s the worst airport you’ve been in?

Atlanta, in the US.

Tell us about a hidden gem in SA that not many people know about.

Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient hotel in Pretoria.

What is your biggest indulgence?


Who is your favourite hero of fiction ?

Iron Man, followed by Spider-Man.

What is the one investment you wish you had made, or had made earlier?

Purchasing Bidvest shares on listing.

What was your first job?

I was a teller at Allied Building Society (now part of Absa).

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