In a Q&A with Forbes Australia editor-in-chief SARAH O’CARROLL, the founder and CEO of Dicker Data talks about fast cars, his life’s passions and his brand-new toy, the Bombardier Global XRS jet.
I try to get up at 7:00am and be at my desk at 7:30am. Emails first, then whatever I have on that day. Finish up between 5pm and 6pm, then relax with wine and a cigar.
Used to be a Red Bull, but lately, I skip breakfast.
FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN RESTAURANT
BEER OR FAVOURITE TIPPLE
Stella Artois, although I prefer NZ Sauvignon Blanc and single malt whisky and water (chilled).
IDEAL SATURDAY NIGHT
A good movie, wine, cigars.
THREE DINNER GUESTS
Just the people I care about and who care about me.
WEEKEND AWAY IN AUSTRALIA
Not really my speed, holidays.
Pretty much anywhere in Europe, in a 12-cylinder Ferrari.
BEST OVERSEAS ESCAPE
Probably my house in Italy.
NEXT ON YOUR TRAVEL LIST
Ferrari Challenge in Abu Dhabi.
Italian car designer Marcello Gandini (he did the Muira, Countach, Diablo).
A dark room.
WORK OF ART
Muira, Ford GT 40 (1966 Le Mans), Countach.
MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE
A lot of Ferraris, McLarens, XY GTHO, XA GT, Mad Max Interceptor. My day-to-day drive is a Ferrari or McLaren.
FOOLPROOF CHRISTMAS GIFT
MOST EXTRAVAGANT PURCHASE
Private jet Bombardier Global XRS.
BOOK YOU RECOMMEND
Barbarians at the Gate. Taken for a Ride.
BIOGRAPHY YOU LOVED
Like a Rolling Stone.
Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan.
Doctor Who, X Files, Seinfeld, The Queen’s Gambit.
The Ben Shapiro Show.
HOW YOU UNWIND
Wine, cigar, thinking.
SPORT YOU LOVE WATCHING
F1, ski racing.
Probably my father.
WHO MAKES YOU LAUGH
Dry humour, Seinfeld.
None, but I admire Mick Doohan, Canadian Downhill racer, Ken Read, US football quarterback, Tom Brady.
I did it my way.
Floating Dicker Data and taking over Express Data, but there are quite a few others.
Not wanting to do something unless it’s so hard it’s almost impossible.
BUSINESS PERSON YOU ADMIRE
Musk goes hard and has fun doing it.
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
Achieving things. That is what life is all about.
WHAT YOU MISS
WHAT YOU WISH YOU COULD CHANGE ABOUT YOURSELF
Escalating everything to something so difficult it’s almost impossible.
WHAT YOU WISH YOU COULD CHANGE ABOUT THE WORLD
Online democracy. Parliamentary democracy has outlived its usefulness.