Jon Krause

O Meu Melhor Investimento

JACARTA – Quando era rapaz, sonhava tornar-me médico. Nasci na Indonésia no início da década de 1950, uma altura em que a maioria das famílias do meu país não tinha acesso a cuidados de saúde. Como resultado, milhares de crianças morriam todos os anos devido a doenças evitáveis como o sarampo, a pólio, e a malária.

Mas avanços revolucionários na medicina estavam a inverter a maré contra estes assassinos, e os médicos Indonésios eram celebrados como heróis. Eu também queria ser um herói, e por isso estudei com afinco e inscrevi-me na faculdade de medicina.

Os meus planos mudaram, contudo, quando o meu pai adoeceu. Era um homem trabalhador que operava triciclos em Surabaya, e eu abandonei a universidade quando ele deixou de poder gerir o negócio da família. Acabei por tornar-me um empreendedor bem-sucedido e fundei um banco que é hoje uma das maiores instituições financeiras do Sudeste Asiático.

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