Mining Weekly
Mining Personality: Brian Menell

04 November 2011, Martin Creamer

Full Name: Brian Menell

Position: CEO of Kemet Group and of Tinco Investments

Main Activity of Company: Mining

Date and Place of Birth: August 24,1965

Education: Rugby School, UK ; University of Pennsylvania, US

First Job: Diamond sorter, De Beers, London

Size of First Pay Packet: £1,000 a month

Value of the Assets under Your Control: All private and, therefore, subjective

Number of People under Your Leadership: 4 800

Management Style: I try to be fair, insightful and sharp (in a nice way)

Personal Best Achievement: Being a junior partner in creating two sons

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Nelson Mandela- if it were not for him, I would not have returned to South Africa in 1994

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Hugo Chavez, but only for a drink- no politics

Person Who Has Impressed You Most: Julian Ogilvy Thompson for his extraordinary financial, technical and strategic appetite and acumen

Philosophy of Life: Be true to your heart

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Being born on the African continent at the dawn of a new age

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Not being a member of the central committee of the Chinese Communist Party

Hope for the Future: The dominance of light over darkness

Favourite Reading: The Feast of the Goat, by Mario Vargas Llosa

Favourite TV Programme: Don't watch TV

Favourite Food/Drink: Artichokes/Scotch

Favourite Music: Amy Winehouse

Favourite Sport: Skiing

Hobbies: Fishing

Car: Maserati

Pets: Dogs

Dislikes: Hypocrisy

Married: To Emma

Children: Two Boys

Clubs: Alfred's, London