Nicolas Berggruen 39 Nicolas Berggruen Quotes American Businessman born on August 10, 1961,

This is a bit like big-game hunting. You look for companies of a certain size that deserve to be public. view quote

I understand the human instinct to want to create a nest and possess things, to show them off, but for me personally, it became less and less interesting. view quote

Most countries in Africa have the capacity to be great agricultural producers, but they do only subsistence production. So a family will produce for themselves and nothing more. Why? Because of the systems: The markets are not there to go beyond. view quote

Other people might have family - three kids or five houses. In my case, that doesn't exist. I'm going to give everything away. Everything has been transferred to charitable trusts. There is no question about that. The question is where, not if. view quote

California has something which not every place in the world has: It has what I would call a sunny side, and I don't mean just physically, but the sunny side is a future. California's worth saving, to put it bluntly. view quote

L.A. is very special to me, so far away from my world on the East Coast, Europe, Asia. It's a bit of an island for me - less intense, less busy; because of time difference and location, it has a calming effect. At least it used to be all that. view quote

California is a place of invention, a place of courage, a place of vision, a place of the future. People who made California what it is were willing to take risks, think outside convention and build. view quote

I was living in Paris, which is a very beautiful, very wonderful place, but a tight place as a city, a tight place culturally. Its people are very brilliant, thoughtful, the place functions, but it's a historical place in some ways, like a big museum. view quote

Possessing things is not that interesting. Living in a grand environment to show myself and others that I have wealth has zero appeal. view quote

I don't mind staying in one place for a while - I like to spend a lot of time in Los Angeles. It's a place where nobody goes out, where people will leave you alone. People in Los Angeles love themselves and they love what they do and they leave you alone. If you're isolated, you have a real advantage. You can work. view quote

If you have things and if you are a perfectionist, which I am, you have to really tend to them, and it takes energy away from other things. view quote

Luckily the whole world is not like me, or else, there would be no world. view quote

In my teens I was interested in photography. Then I decided that I should learn something about the world of commerce. And I came to America at age 17 to escape Europe. I went to NYU - nothing better than being 17 years old and coming to New York. view quote

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