Theo Paphitis

Businessman

Nationality: British Born: September 24, 1959

Alan Alexander Milne, better known as A. A. Milne, was an author and poet from England, who was particularly famous for being the creator of the character Winnie the Pooh. Milne was educated at the University of Cambridge and initially worked as a playwright; however it was as the writer of Winnie the Pooh in 1926 that he became famous. It was followed up by The House at Pooh Corner two year later. Other than that, he was a prolific writer who wrote children’s short story and poetry collections, newspaper columns, plays and had also been a columnist for the popular magazine Punch.
Showing your emotions is not a weakness.
I'd rather be rich and miserable than poor and miserable.
Women have to work harder to be in the same position as a fella because they often have to balance work with running a family.
What makes business exciting is that you don't need a fancy degree, and anyone can do it.
I used to see Triumph TR7s and E-Type Jags, and I used to think, 'One day, I'm gonna have one of those.' I remember seeing an E-Type and walking round it 40 or 50 times.
I've always maintained the basic business principles of keeping it simple, doing your homework, hard work, and common sense.
If someone underestimates you because you are warm and approachable, then you have an advantage over them.
I was born in Cyprus, but my family moved to England when I was about six.
The reality in business and in 'Dragons' Den' is you win some, and you lose some.
In Cyprus, our house was right on the beach. I could walk out of our front door, cross a road, and there was the sea.
The eight years I spent at Millwall were among the best times of my life.
'Dragons' Den' and 'The Apprentice' have opened people's eyes to what they can do.