I wanted to be an actor… my dad refused… my father said, ‘No ways! We don’t have any gays in this house!’— Barry Hilton
I’ve saved a lot of money with vehicles… My one is eight or nine years old; it’s a Hyundai Getz…— Barry Hilton
I’ve told three jokes my whole career!— Barry Hilton
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, Personal Edition” feature.
This week Whitfield interviewed comedian Barry Hilton (aka “The Cousin”).
Hilton, born in Zimbabwe, worked as an electrician for six years before trying his hand at comedy.
He turned professional in 1983, when he was 26.
Hilton, a resident of Hermanus in the Western Cape, is an avid supporter of the “Little Fighter's Cancer Trust” and the “West Rand Heart and Organ Transplant Foundation”.
What does Hilton believe about money?
Does it keep him up at night?
Does he spend like crazy, or save compulsively?
How did his childhood experiences of deprivation, or abundance, shape his views on money?
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).
The more you work; the more skilful you become.— Barry Hilton
I was very shy in school; I was very quiet… I knew I was funny…— Barry Hilton
I wasn’t a good electrician… I hated it!— Barry Hilton
It was very hard to be a white South African in England in the late 80s… I started pretending I was from Liverpool… Then I came back to South Africa, and I was me…— Barry Hilton
No [when asked if he drinks Savanna].— Barry Hilton
I’m bad with money, but I’ve wised up… I have someone who helps me… Not everybody can be financial whizzes like you are… But too many men have too much testosterone, and they don’t want to listen to anybody…— Barry Hilton
I have a soft touch for anyone that needs something…— Barry Hilton
You’ve got to be disciplined otherwise you’re going to end up with absolutely nothing.— Barry Hilton
I have a t-shirt business… I do a talk about being funny… It’s a course I give; I take 12 people at a time…— Barry Hilton
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