Here’s an interview I’ve wanted to do for a long time. It’s been a privilege to have a front row seat to Investec’s development, watching it develop into a multinational powerhouse from a tiny start 35 years ago. Co-founder Bernard Kantor works in the building which takes up an entire block near St Paul’s in the City of London. He offers a unique insight into the Investec Story, sharing memories from the early days and secrets which he believes makes the company different – plus insights into some of the fascinating personalities inside the group and in its client base. The kind of interview I’ll still be enjoying listening to years from now. – Alec Hogg
Bernard, it all started for Investec at the bottom end of Mooi Street in Johannesburg where a little group that got together, yourself, your brother Ian, Larry Nestadt, Errol Grolman and Stephen Koseff. What brought the five of you together?