Steve Jobs once asked me for some advice about retail, but I said, 'I am not sure at all we are in the same business.'
When you are on the management side, you still have to understand the artistic sensibility so that there is a dialogue with the creative side.
It's true that I am not from the south and I have a certain reserve. I take time to get close to, and I don't immediately throw my arms round someone. But it is more a question of style.
I take time to get close to, and I don't immediately throw my arms round someone.
When I was working in my first job engineering construction, what I liked the most was working with architects and making buildings that had this creative side coming from the architect and that were making them a big success.
You have to be just as mistrustful of straightforward rationality in business as you do of a uniquely gut approach.
I've always been pleased with the investments I've made with my friend Albert Frere and I regret not having followed him more, because I would have been a lot richer.
People think of politicians having true power, but that's less and less true. After all, they are often constrained or being edged into a corner by a whole series of contingencies.
The person who I admire most in business is Warren Buffett. He is a long-term investor and has brilliant ideas, and he sticks to them.
I meet the designers very often, we discuss the products, they show me their ideas, we discuss the ad campaigns and every new invention that we can find for the future.