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Mark Barnes (maverick tasked with saving the Post Office) opens up about money

28 November 2016 8:14 PM
What does the outspoken CEO of the SAPO believe about money? What does he fear, and hope for? How much is, for him, enough?

You’ve got to waste money! The last thing you need to do is to preserve your capital until you’re too old to enjoy it.

Mark Barnes

There was a time in my life when I enjoyed owning fancy cars. I used to own a Jaguar XJS convertible. I now drive a Toyota. It does everything the Jag does. I’m too old to pull the chicks now.

Mark Barnes

We suffer from a disease of needing to look rich even if we’re not. It’s a shallow satisfaction, because you know you’re bullshitting.

Mark Barnes

Every week The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews a famous person about her or his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.) as part of his weekly “Make Money Mondays” feature.

This week Whitfield interviewed Mark Barnes, the maverick CEO of the South African Post Office.

Barnes is known for his fierce intellect and candour, but what does he believe about money?

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

I had an enjoyable childhood, but I wasn’t spoiled.

Mark Barnes

The value of money is defined by its absence.

Mark Barnes

Money is not a valuable thing. It’s just a consequence of a proper strategy.

Mark Barnes

Money is a way that you mark the exam.

Mark Barnes

Generally, those with less money is the better person.

Mark Barnes

Money is only a piece of the puzzle. It cannot be the end objective.

Mark Barnes

I had from a young age a lot of responsibilities regarding money.

Mark Barnes

Abundance is not only measured in money.

Mark Barnes

You have to be a disruptor!

Mark Barnes

The first time I ever went into debt was to buy an engagement ring.

Mark Barnes

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Mark Barnes (maverick tasked with saving the Post Office) opens up about money


28 November 2016 8:14 PM

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