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A lot of deals are done or not done because chief executives are not fully aligned to shareholders. ---->>>

I stopped focusing on people being different, and I started treating everyone the same way. ---->>>

I thought if we could put our hard-working culture as traders into the asset management, it will be a great combination, and we did do that. ---->>>

I'm a CEO of a public company. You have to show decorum. ---->>>

I've never opened a glass of champagne on any acquisition. Bankers do that. ---->>>

I've said I will be CEO as long as my colleagues want me. ---->>>

It's easy to buy. Prove that you bought at the right time and the right price. ---->>>

It's nice to do an IPO where your investors get value straightaway and the share price pops up; it proves you left something on the table for them. ---->>>

Many people may say that luck is important, but I think you create your own luck by working hard to ensure you don't miss opportunities. ---->>>

Over two billion people in China and India need commodities to grow their economies and improve their living standards. ---->>>

The trading side of the business means a lot of travel, being out of the office a lot of time. ---->>>

We always look at opportunities. We are not aggressively looking to buy something. ---->>>

We work. You don't come here to take life easy. And we all got rich from it, so, you know, there's a benefit from it. ---->>>

We're all shareholders. These guys below me, they see the CEO taking it easy, it's their money. ---->>>

When the opportunities come, we may not want to buy another nickel asset, but if something comes cheap enough, we're all about return on equity. ---->>>

Why should I build an asset when I can buy it more cheaply than you can build it? ---->>>

You want to be a trader, come be a trader. The door's open. You want to travel six days a week, you want to travel the world, the door's open. ---->>>

You'll sacrifice a lot of things in the early part of your career to be successful, but to be ahead of your competitors, you have to work hard. ---->>>

You're doing a major merger, you got to hope you didn't get it wrong. That's the view of any CEO. ---->>>

Africa is where commodities are found, so it is vital that Glencore and other miners are there to develop those resources, helping Africa itself to grow at the same time. ---->>>

I observed a man sourcing candle wax from South America and selling it to Japan. I thought: 'That's unbelievable. Talking on the phone in his office, that man made money moving candle wax from one country to another.' It really interested me. ---->>>

We want people who work for us to be entrepreneurs. We like them to look at ideas. We like them to chase ideas. We like them to not be what I call a caretaker of an asset. ---->>>

We're creating new supply for the world, which is key. If we didn't get more tonnes into the system, your next motorcar is going to cost more because the aluminum cost is going to be higher. ---->>>

We're talking to every third-party supplier every day of the week, and our traders are talking to them and buying products from them. When we're doing that, we see opportunities which no one else sees. ---->>>

What are we focused on? Return on equity. We don't need these great big tier one assets. I'm very happy with getting tier two, tier three assets; that's what Glencore has been good at. ---->>>

When we first invested in Colombia, we were buying a lot of coal from Colombia. We were dealing with them daily. I knew their guys at the port, I knew their guys at the mine, I had a feel of the country. ---->>>


Ivan Glasenberg profile (ivan-glasenberg.jpg)
Nationality: South Afric
Born: 06-21, 2015
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Occupation: Businessman

Ivan Glasenberg (born 1957) is the chief executive officer of Glencore, one of the world's largest commodity trading and mining companies. Glasenberg has or had citizenship of South Africa and Australia. He became a Swiss citizen in 2011. He is also on the boards of mining companies Xstrata plc and Minara Resources Ltd (wikipedia)