When is enough enough?

YO! Sushi — and especially public speaking and TV work — brought me into the realm of others richer and more successful than I.

I felt inadequate and less-than, which, given that my bank balance, assets and income was beyond what I had dreamed, was a form of madness. I soon put a finish to that in myself, part of which was the realisation that most of them weren’t worrying about me – they were much too worried about how I saw them.

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Status from money is a highly motivating factor for a lot of entrepreneurs. Theo Paphitis, who took over from me on Dragon’s Den, told me that if he had less than a hundred million he felt inadequate.

People who have money often exaggerate the amount, campaigning the compilers of rich lists and the rest. Philip Beresford, who put together the Sunday Times Rich List until 2017, told me stories about how rich people (including my colleagues on Dragons Den) would pester him about his valuations, usually wanting them higher.

Of course the smart ones, like our own Queen Elizabeth II RIP, say nothing.

I don’t care what anyone says. Being rich is a good thing.

Mark Cuban

When I sold my majority stake in YO! Sushi the first time, the lawyers cracked open champagne. The money will be in your bank account “within the hour” they told me. So I walked down the road to the cash machine and checked the balance in my current account. I was looking at it for so long a line formed behind me, coughing and spluttering.

I can tell you this – if anyone tries to tell you that money doesn’t make you happy, they’re lying!

Envy And madness
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