Up Close & Personal with Tim Connor (Jayankura Na Ayudhya)
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By Dada Herzog Alattas - GC Contributing Editor
GC gets up close & personal with British-Thai business mogul, serial entrepreneur and a member of the Thai Royal family Tim Connor (Jayankura Na Ayudhya), who is currently running multiple businesses while spearheading various investments across Asia. Tim started his first business at a very young age of nine. Today, his investments span nine countries across the entertainment, hospitality, health and wellness, F&B, real estate and beauty sector.
1. You were born and raised in the Surrey Hills of Southern England, and grew up with unique exposure in both West and the East way of life. How do you describe the culture of gentleness between these two regions?
Both regions are very different in their own way; UK is much more straightforward than Asia. Most people will say what they think particularly in the UK and not be so gentle - despite this, I prefer being upfront and to the point.
Asian generally are incredibly hospitable people, with family and friends at the top of their priorities; they stick together and are very gentle with each other. The opposite is true in the UK; family is somewhat low on the list. I won't describe this as a bad thing. It's just culturally unique and different.
2. You are known as a serial entrepreneur with investments spanning nine countries across the entertainment, hospitality, health and wellness, F&B, real estate and beauty sectors. Can you describe your most unforgettable memory from these investments?
I love starting new businesses and watching them flourish. For example, I remember starting our entertainment and ticketing business from our bedroom; this company grew into six countries, employing many people with different religious and cultural backgrounds when I was twenty-one.
Of course, it comes with immense challenges, but these are the memories I cherish.