I first met Richard in 2000 through mutual friends. He had just helped turn a rundown Georgian mansion in London into a successful private members’ club, and he was being lauded in the business pages for his support of emerging technology companies.
He was, in short, an ideal candidate for a story on my Business Sunday programme on the national Nine Network in Australia, particularly as, despite his success, he was not widely known in his homeland.
After the programme aired in May 2001, we were inundated with hundreds of letters and emails, many hailing his success, many more emotionally moved and inspired by his personal triumph over the odds.
Here is his story.
The country town of Kyabram lies 200 kilometres ...