Chairman and CEO of the Libra Group
I took over our family shipping business at 19. We went from a fleet of two to 70. Then we sold the ships, took all the great people from our shipping business, and sent them around the world to start companies. We ended up with a ship's captain running a $200 million real estate company and a Russian fruit seller who runs six biogas plants in Latvia. It was asking inappropriate people to do appropriate tasks. I came to it through my grandfather, who used to say, "You can do the impossible. It is miracles that take a little longer."
We went through our archives for nearly a decade of collected wisdom that still holds up.