Strange but false
Working in the financial sector inevitably means you will be surrounded by money and people with money (as with every rule in life there is an exception, in the case of this one it's me) and these individuals are obviously highly intelligent to have gotten where they are; and highly successful as a result. However, I used to take solace in the Hollywood stereotypes that these individuals must be, either: social outcasts focused solely on their career; workaholics tied to their desks; or have neglected friends, family and embroidery (or whatever the latest hobby craze is) to get up the job ladder.
Unfortunately, none of these are true, or at least not for the majority. It appears not only do they have the money and success they also have lives outside of work and worse still - achievements on top of this. Most of which beat my entire life's achievements.
Case one: Elizabeth Corley, CEO, Allianz Global Investors
Not only is she the Chief Executive for one of the top-five global active investment managers with €1,443 billion AUM (assets under management) she is also a successful crime novelist.
Case two: Jerome Booth, Head of Research, Ashmore Group plc
Jerome is Head of Research for "one of the world's leading emerging market investment managers", with US$65.8 billion AUM (at 30 June 2011). Prior to this he studied for a Masters Philosophy in Economics from Oxford, going on to gain a Doctorate in Economics, while simultaneously lecturing at one of the UK's top Universities.
He is now worth a whopping £160bn, getting himself listed as number 71 on The Times Rich List this year.
Whilst managing Newton Investment Management, which holds over £47bn in AUM (as of 30 June 2011) and is one of BNY Mellon's largest boutiques; she also founded 30% Club, the not-for-profit organisation aiming to get at least 30% of women on boards.
Not only this she has also been successful in her family life, with eight babies by the time she was 41.
Basically, these people are upsettingly successful and - similar to a size 8 at a night club - you want to avoid them like the plague, to minimise the feeling of complete self-loathing and inadequacy.