As well as profiling many major players within the world of Formula One, including a tribute to the great Ayrton Senna, I’ve also spoken to such sports people as champion jockeys Frankie Dettori and Richard Dunwoody, six-time world snooker champion Steve Davis, champion pool player and hustler Steve Knight, and sports promoter and Leyton Orient owner Barry Hearn. To be fair though, I met the five men above in one sitting, around a poker table, for a regular Esquire Sports Quarterly feature called “The Bet”.
I’ve profiled quite a few successful businessmen, from rebellious Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary to revolutionary designer and inventor James Dyson, veteran adventurer and travel company owner Geoffrey Kent, and teenage dot.com millionaire Benjamin Cohen.
There haven’t just been encounters with remarkable men though. Granted, there were, at one time, meetings with more than a fair share of models (including Jordan, Caprice and Claudia Schiffer). Yet there was also Russian tennis ace Elena Dementieva, actress, entrepreneur (and OK, model) Elle Macpherson, activist and human rights campaigner Caoimhe Butterly, and leading film stars Kate Beckinsale and Julianne Moore.