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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.

4. What lessons would you like to impart to the younger generation to become a serial entrepreneur like you?

Work hard, stay focused, don't follow fads and be different. Nutters change the world; it's okay to be a nutter.

5. How do you define elegance and class? 

I feel elegance is a mannerism and how one holds themself; in my experience, it has become apparent to me that whether you were born into a dynasty or "nouveau riche", money certainly doesn't buy class or elegance.

In Europe, less is more; in The Middle East and Asia, the opposite is true.

6. Great answer. How do you define luxury?

For me, luxury is abundance that adds to the pleasure of life; let's face it, luxury is subjective; what one person needs is another person's wants. 

7. One of the qualities of a gentleman is the ability to charm a woman and make her feel important. What is the secret of winning a woman?

Having been brought up in the Surrey hills of the UK and in many respects, unlike some Asian countries, women are the essential thing in your life, and treating them with dignity and respect became part of my upbringing. I will certainly be passing this on to my children.

8. That's wonderful. At GC, we believe that particular codes are part of a Gentleman. What is the first rule for a gentleman, according to you?

Respect and trust, these two terms are qualities a gentleman must have as his foundation. Rare these days!

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