It all began in a copying room 25 years ago...

A quarter of a century ago, Jesper Kirstein threw in the towel and became self-employed. Before that, he had a promising career in the financial sector, which ended abruptly after just seven months as chief executive of Alm. Brand Bank. What began as a one-man business in the copying room at a friend's office, has now grown into the advisory and consultancy house Kirstein A/S and asset manager Spektrum.

Today Jesper Kirstein is CEO of Kirstein Agg. Holding that owns Spektrum and Kirstein A/S. | Photo: PR

Only a few weeks ago, Jesper Kirstein was driving along California's Highway 1 in a red convertible, his significant other by his side -- as part of a trip planned so he could attend The Milken Conference.

"It was crazy. As a matter of course Tony Blair shows up, the president of the World Bank or Paul Ryan or the president of Rwanda. You name it. It's such an important event," says Kirstein, telling me the story as we take our seats in his firm's central Copenhagen conference room.

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