It’s a widespread misconception that people who work with money are greedy, self interested people. For me, nothing could be further from the truth. If you look out there at the people who are unhappy, under privileged, have needs of whatever kind, from whatever parts of society they may come, all of those lives have the potential to be enhanced, those needs satisfied, through excellence in investment management.
We’re investing for a whole range of people. A lot of it is government money or superannuation money and if we can produce good returns, an enormous number of people will have more money to enable them to meet their needs.
People who come to work to make money for themselves, that’s not a noble purpose. I always think that such people are usually pretty unhappy in their jobs because they’re not doing something that is really meaningful. If you are focussed on helping other people then that’s a noble purpose and that noble purpose is at the heart of everything we do.”