daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > World Development News Forums > General Urban Developments > DN Archives



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old September 15th, 2009, 06:12 PM   #621
wjfox
Futurist
 
wjfox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: L O N D O N
Posts: 38,334
Likes (Received): 13282

It's on the verge of breaking the 150m mark.
__________________
FutureTimeline.net...
wjfox no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old September 15th, 2009, 06:18 PM   #622
Trances
, , and , Fade to Black.
 
Trances's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Living in London
Posts: 7,909
Likes (Received): 37

Yesterday Walking across tower bridge. Tower of London in the foreground.

[img]http://i31.************/10elmpy.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i26.************/2vs5erl.jpg[/img]
__________________
"Are we ready to go farther or have we already gone to far?"
“He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.”
Trances no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 15th, 2009, 06:19 PM   #623
Trances
, , and , Fade to Black.
 
Trances's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Living in London
Posts: 7,909
Likes (Received): 37

And across from the south side of the river

[img]http://i29.************/2jfafjr.jpg[/img]
__________________
"Are we ready to go farther or have we already gone to far?"
“He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.”
Trances no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 15th, 2009, 06:31 PM   #624
Girona Airport
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Girona
Posts: 57
Likes (Received): 2

great shot.i simply love it
Girona Airport no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 15th, 2009, 08:56 PM   #625
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,464
Likes (Received): 17785

Fuelled by desire to do business
12 September 2009
Financial Times

Gerald Ronson, 70, left school at 14 to start work with his father in the furniture business. He went on to found property development company, Heron Group, in 1956.

He also brought the first self-service petrol retail outlets to the UK in the 1960s.

He has overseen the expansion of Heron Group - now called Heron International - and remains chief executive. The Heron Tower is set to become the tallest skyscraper in the City of London.

In the late 1980s, he became embroiled in the Guinness share-trading fraud. He was found guilty of conspiracy, false accounting and theft, was fined £5m and served six months at Ford Open Prison. Years later, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that it had been an unfair trial.

In 1991, the US savings and loans crash cost Ronson nearly $1bn, but he managed to avoid bankruptcy. He has just written Leading from the Front - My Story .

Did you think you would get to where you are?

I left school at 14 and went into my father's furniture business. By 17, I was works manager. When my father came out of this business in the late 1950s, I did not want to follow him.

Life has its ups and downs and I had two of the biggest downers - the Guinness trial followed by a drastic restructuring of Heron 18 months later. I had to rebuild Heron's reputation. Luckily I am a survivor. If you can make money once you can make it again.

Have you ever thought about slowing down?

I was probably worth more than £1bn back in the late 1980s, when my business was making £69m profit. I was certainly not slowing down. I just stepped up a gear!

Outside of Heron, my interests are petrol retailing, financial funds and property. I know my petrol business as well as a pulse on my wrist. If I put my finger on my wrist I can feel the business pumping.

What is the secret of your success?

I suppose it is persistence, determination and focus, and putting all these qualities together. I'm very energised, very driven, with a bit of insecurity and a bit of ego.

Have you had time for personal financial planning?

I regard my financial affairs as tidy. I don't have a mortgage. I decided after my last escapade in the early 1990s that I wasn't going to owe any bank any money personally. So, personally, I am debt-free.

What is your basic business philosophy?

I do things that I understand. If I can't work out the figures on the back of an envelope, then I should not be doing the deal. I'm happy to look at opportunistic transactions. I am not an institution, I don't think like one and I don't want to end up in one.

Do you want to carry on till you drop?

Of course I do, providing my health stays good and that I continue to enjoy what I'm doing. I've got more energy in me at 70 than two 35-year-olds. I'm not planning my retirement. What would I do?

Have you made any pension provision?

Yes, I've got a self-administered scheme. I draw on it already because of my age, as well as taking a salary, although I pay quite a lot of tax on it.

Do you allow yourself the odd indulgence?

I enjoy my little Porsche twin turbo. And I have good holidays. I take short holidays to exotic places, from Vietnam to Mauritius, and I like to travel first class. That's about it. I like to be comfortable. For a rich man, I live fairly modestly. I have had the same home in Hampstead for 41 years, and the same wife for 42 years.

Picasso or Art Deco as an investment?

I'm not into art, because I am not an expert. I invest in funds, property and equities.

What is your commitment to philanthropy?

I have a strong social conscience. Twenty per cent of my six and a half-day working week I devote to charities, especially in the areas of education for the underprivileged.

I have raised more than £100m for major charities over the last 25-30 years. I have also given away £35m of my personal fortune to good causes.

About three years ago, I set up the Gerald Ronson Charitable Foundation, to which I will bequeath all my Heron shares. The foundation gives away a seven-figure sum each year.

Have you taken steps to pass on your wealth?

My estate is well organised in terms of X going to the foundation, Y to my children and grandchildren, and the balance to ensure that my wife is financially independent should she succeed me. But I'm not planning to go anywhere and neither is she!

The foundation will grow and grow and that is the greatest asset I can leave my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

What is your most prudent investment?

It has to be my wife and my family. We have four lovely daughters and six grandchildren. The whole purpose of my book was for the family to understand their heritage, as they are going to be trustees of a major foundation.

What is the most you have ever paid for a bottle of fine wine or champagne?

I might have paid £80 for a bottle of wine in a restaurant, and a similar amount for champagne.

What is your money saving tip in the recession?

We are currently in uncharted waters, so caution is most important.

Keep an element of financial liquidity and don't become too financially aggressive.

A lot of equities are good value. I have put a toe in the water in a modest way over the past few months.

The day we put all our money in the bank, we are going backwards.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 18th, 2009, 03:20 PM   #626
wjfox
Futurist
 
wjfox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: L O N D O N
Posts: 38,334
Likes (Received): 13282

Viewed from my office:


__________________
FutureTimeline.net...
wjfox no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 19th, 2009, 10:15 PM   #627
SE9
South East Nine
 
SE9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: London
Posts: 33,900
Likes (Received): 59928

UK Forum Updates

All from the past day.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SE9 View Post
[IMG]http://i29.************/av55j8.jpg[/IMG]

Quote:
Originally Posted by chest View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by SELondoner View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by london lad View Post
[IMG]http://i34.************/2urs9lj.jpg[/IMG]
__________________
-
SE9 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 20th, 2009, 10:22 PM   #628
chest
Registered User
 
chest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Canary Wharf
Posts: 3,662
Likes (Received): 13296





chest no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 21st, 2009, 01:46 PM   #629
VictorF
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 602
Likes (Received): 3

[img]http://i29.************/av55j8.jpg[/img]



Beautiful. This IS an interesting project
VictorF no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 21st, 2009, 04:57 PM   #630
Shapoor
Highrise Resident
 
Shapoor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: COV / LDN
Posts: 2,103
Likes (Received): 40

Last night (around 9 pm)

[IMG]http://i34.************/f41chz.jpg[/IMG]
Credit: myself
__________________
My London photos | Tehran - Urban landscape and neighbourhoods | Noir et Blanc: Téhéran
Shapoor no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 21st, 2009, 05:38 PM   #631
cristof
Registered User
 
cristof's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: A'pen, LDN, NYC
Posts: 1,220
Likes (Received): 69

the quality is outstanding as always in London
cristof no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 22nd, 2009, 01:04 PM   #632
Trances
, , and , Fade to Black.
 
Trances's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Living in London
Posts: 7,909
Likes (Received): 37

Great Night Shot !!!

Today AM Taken from Westferry Circus in Canary Wharf

[IMG]http://i34.************/u7h9u.jpg[/IMG]
__________________
"Are we ready to go farther or have we already gone to far?"
“He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.”
Trances no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 22nd, 2009, 01:06 PM   #633
Trances
, , and , Fade to Black.
 
Trances's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Living in London
Posts: 7,909
Likes (Received): 37

Zoomed from above

[IMG]http://i35.************/2lw4zs9.jpg[/IMG]

And From Greenwich Tunnel Boardwalk

[IMG]http://i35.************/34g0mjn.jpg[/IMG]
__________________
"Are we ready to go farther or have we already gone to far?"
“He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.”
Trances no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 22nd, 2009, 04:26 PM   #634
VictorF
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 602
Likes (Received): 3

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trances View Post
Zoomed from above

[IMG]http://i35.************/2lw4zs9.jpg[/IMG]
Not the best view
VictorF no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 22nd, 2009, 04:41 PM   #635
Blue Flame
Get Silly!
 
Blue Flame's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Lexington,KY
Posts: 2,369
Likes (Received): 575

Nice Pictures!
__________________
A cynic is nothing but a realist with experience.
Blue Flame no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 23rd, 2009, 12:25 AM   #636
Eric Offereins
The only way is up
 
Eric Offereins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Rotterdam
Posts: 68,573
Likes (Received): 28124

How cool can steel look. Amazing pics.

Quote:
Originally Posted by VictorF View Post
[img]http://i29.************/av55j8.jpg[/img]



Beautiful. This IS an interesting project
Eric Offereins no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 23rd, 2009, 12:49 AM   #637
Trances
, , and , Fade to Black.
 
Trances's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Living in London
Posts: 7,909
Likes (Received): 37

Nightshot from Greenwich. Near the tunnel south entrance.

__________________
"Are we ready to go farther or have we already gone to far?"
“He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.”
Trances no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 23rd, 2009, 01:01 AM   #638
VictorF
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 602
Likes (Received): 3

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trances View Post
Nightshot from Greenwich. Near the tunnel south entrance.

Great shot!
VictorF no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 23rd, 2009, 12:51 PM   #639
SE9
South East Nine
 
SE9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: London
Posts: 33,900
Likes (Received): 59928

Quote:
Originally Posted by Eric Offereins View Post
How cool can steel look. Amazing pics.
I've been overly impressed with the quality of the finish on this building so far!
__________________
-
SE9 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old September 23rd, 2009, 12:52 PM   #640
SE9
South East Nine
 
SE9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: London
Posts: 33,900
Likes (Received): 59928

Creeping up:

Quote:
Originally Posted by SE9 View Post
[IMG]http://i34.************/j17re8.jpg[/IMG]
__________________
-
SE9 no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
london

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 09:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

Hosted by Blacksun, dedicated to this site too!
Forum server management by DaiTengu