BACKSTORY: Peregrine CEO Rob Katz
We question Peregrine CEO Rob Katz on his current read, biggest regret and the investment he wishes he’d made earlier
What’s your one top tip for doing a deal?
Make sure you thoroughly understand all the detail as well as the strategic issues and implications before you enter negotiations.
What was your first job?
Working at Dion’s during school holidays. I got paid R5 a day, a reasonable amount back then.
What are you reading at the moment?
Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century by Alexandra Popoff. It is a magnificent biography of the great Soviet writer Vasily Grossman and does justice to his outspoken eloquence as one of the 20th century’s foremost witnesses to the twin evils of Nazism and Stalinism.
What is the one investment you wish you had made or made earlier?
Investing in Naspers shares many years ago, when I worked at a subsidiary of the group.
Your biggest regret?
Not getting overseas work experience once I had newly qualified as a CA (SA).
What’s the most interesting thing about you that people don’t know?
I have completed more than 30 marathons, including two Comrades, proving that consistency and sheer will are the way to reach what may seem at the outset to be unachievable targets.
Your favourite hero of fiction?
Tell us about a hidden SA gem that not many people know about?
Gwaing River Mouth outside George on the Garden Route: breathtaking views.
Is there such a thing as "enough money" and, if so, how much is it?
Yes. It’s when you can comfortably live the life you want as well as being able to contribute meaningfully to charities.
How do you deal with stress?
Regular exercise, reading and eating copious amounts of dark chocolate.
Which living person do you most admire?
Former chief rabbi of Israel Yisrael Lau who, as a small child, survived the Holocaust. In recognition of his efforts to promote interfaith dialogue, he was awarded the Legion of Honour (France’s highest accolade).
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Not being able to provide for one’s family.
How would you fix SA’s jobs crisis?
Investing substantially in the education of our youth as well as creating a business environment conducive for small businesses and attractive enough for direct foreign investment.