According to Fortune, Marius Kloppers is the 18th most powerful person in business.
Kloppers is the CEO of BHP Billiton. I got wind of this news from the guys over at Ideate, they had never heard of Kloppers. I have but I think that they have said most of the stuff I can say, here’s a snippet from their post:
He’s the CEO of BHP Billiton, and is hot on the heels of Mark Hurd, CEO of HP at number 16, and is kicking the ass of Indra Nooyi, Chairman of Pepsico, and Bob Iger, CEO of Disney. He’s got a way to go before he catches up to Steve Jobs (no. 1), Rupert Murdoch (no. 2) and the Google guys (no. 4), but what an awesome achievement.
According to the article Marius is aggressive and ambitious, even though he looks like the kind of guy that would win the school prize for ‘Most Likely To Be Approved Of When You Take Him Home To Meet Your Mama’.
As I have said, I have heard of Marius and heard via, via, via a source the interesting story of how he got to be where he is at the beginning. The way that I heard this little story is that Marius, with qualifications in toe and joblessness looming and charging to hang around, decided to “stalk” the current CEO of BHP. Marius found out what flight the then CEO would be taking, what seat he would be in and what time the flight departed. What he then did was book himself – somehow – on the same flight in the seat right next door to the CEO. Marius then proceeded to make use of the entire flight to, in a very understated way, promote himself.
By the end of the flight the CEO was so impressed that he asked Marius to come for an interview and subsequently gave him a job. Look at him now.
I cannot stress enough that I have NO verification of this story whatsoever but it is still a cool story!
South Africans never cease to amaze me, we are everywhere and everywhere we are, we are doing well.
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