HSBC boss: If I wasn’t gay, I probably wouldn’t be CEO

  • metta

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    Jan 19, 2015 2:11 AM GMT
    HSBC boss: If I wasn’t gay, I probably wouldn’t be CEO


    António Simões, who has been the head of the bank since 2012, is one of the most senior openly gay businessmen in the country.

    Speaking to Portuguese newspaper Expresso, the banking chief said that he partly owes his success to his sexuality.

    He said: “Being gay is a plus for me. It made ​​me a more authentic person, with better empathy, better emotional intelligence.

    “If I wasn’t gay, I probably would not be CEO of the bank.


    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/01/18/hsbc-boss-if-i-wasnt-gay-i-probably-wouldnt-be-ceo/
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    Jan 19, 2015 3:47 PM GMT
    "... a more authentic person, with better empathy, better emotional intelligence."

    More authentic and better than whom?

    I'm intrigued by the "laddish" nature of finance. Does he mean those hot 28 y.o. MBAs, with just enough experience under their belts to start making names for themselves in their professions, who stride around their respective financial districts on their lunch hours in their athletic-cut suits, return to their offices where they flirt with the ladies for most of the afternoon, and then head to their gyms or clubs for an intense workout, ass-grabbin' each other playing hoops, toning their abs, and further chiseling their shaved chests? You know, the squeaky-clean ones with the tight little butts rounding out their 32" waists, and the discreet, jeweled cufflinks peeping out beneath their sleeves. Yep, the guys with just enough hair to be a touch on the long side, with smoking eyes indicating intelligence behind them, a blush of tanned cheekbones, full lips, and soft, measured voices that could lull you to sleep if you listen too much to them.

    Just curious. icon_cool.gif
  • waccamatt

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    Jan 20, 2015 6:24 AM GMT
    ^Like with anything, it takes a great deal of self confidence to be successful. He apparently has that mastered. Nice, humble guys rarely get ahead.
  • SilverRRCloud

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    Jan 20, 2015 6:35 AM GMT
    MGINSD said"... a more authentic person, with better empathy, better emotional intelligence."

    More authentic and better than whom?

    I'm intrigued by the "laddish" nature of finance. Does he mean those hot 28 y.o. MBAs, with just enough experience under their belts to start making names for themselves in their professions, who stride around their respective financial districts on their lunch hours in their athletic-cut suits, return to their offices where they flirt with the ladies for most of the afternoon, and then head to their gyms or clubs for an intense workout, ass-grabbin' each other playing hoops, toning their abs, and further chiseling their shaved chests? You know, the squeaky-clean ones with the tight little butts rounding out their 32" waists, and the discreet, jeweled cufflinks peeping out beneath their sleeves. Yep, the guys with just enough hair to be a touch on the long side, with smoking eyes indicating intelligence behind them, a blush of tanned cheekbones, full lips, and soft, measured voices that could lull you to sleep if you listen too much to them.

    Just curious. icon_cool.gif


    A few guys out there would be happy to have his jobs, and a few of the side benefits that come with it, too.icon_biggrin.gif

    Whatever he did, he left his competitors behind, and scored where others have failed. He sees himself as better, and more authentic, with more empathy than those whom he left behind in the race.Lo and behold, his success proves him right.

    SC

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    Jan 20, 2015 1:22 PM GMT
    I'm sure getting his MBA from Columbia and attending Harvard might have helped, too.
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    Jan 20, 2015 2:34 PM GMT
    MGINSD said"... a more authentic person, with better empathy, better emotional intelligence."

    More authentic and better than whom?

    I'm intrigued by the "laddish" nature of finance. Does he mean those hot 28 y.o. MBAs, with just enough experience under their belts to start making names for themselves in their professions, who stride around their respective financial districts on their lunch hours in their athletic-cut suits, return to their offices where they flirt with the ladies for most of the afternoon, and then head to their gyms or clubs for an intense workout, ass-grabbin' each other playing hoops, toning their abs, and further chiseling their shaved chests? You know, the squeaky-clean ones with the tight little butts rounding out their 32" waists, and the discreet, jeweled cufflinks peeping out beneath their sleeves. Yep, the guys with just enough hair to be a touch on the long side, with smoking eyes indicating intelligence behind them, a blush of tanned cheekbones, full lips, and soft, measured voices that could lull you to sleep if you listen too much to them.

    Just curious. icon_cool.gif


    I took it as a direct comparison with himself, how being gay taught him about emotional intelligence, awareness, among the other components. I know, at least, I've talked about something similar with my friends - that I'd be a completely different person if I wasn't gay - and I mean that beyond the obvious sense. I was 'forced' to confront myself (as many are), and through that I learned that all of these things that make me a better person (compared to who I would be otherwise).

    Of course, we never really know those things for sure. At the end of it all, it means he's happy with who he is and that's a great thing.
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    Jan 20, 2015 4:31 PM GMT
    MGINSD said"... a more authentic person, with better empathy, better emotional intelligence."

    More authentic and better than whom?

    I'm intrigued by the "laddish" nature of finance. Does he mean those hot 28 y.o. MBAs, with just enough experience under their belts to start making names for themselves in their professions, who stride around their respective financial districts on their lunch hours in their athletic-cut suits, return to their offices where they flirt with the ladies for most of the afternoon, and then head to their gyms or clubs for an intense workout, ass-grabbin' each other playing hoops, toning their abs, and further chiseling their shaved chests? You know, the squeaky-clean ones with the tight little butts rounding out their 32" waists, and the discreet, jeweled cufflinks peeping out beneath their sleeves. Yep, the guys with just enough hair to be a touch on the long side, with smoking eyes indicating intelligence behind them, a blush of tanned cheekbones, full lips, and soft, measured voices that could lull you to sleep if you listen too much to them.

    Just curious. icon_cool.gif


    Yes MGINSD,

    28 y.o. twenty-somethings are quite goodlooking. I worked in 2 World Trade Center in the 1980s. I saw them on Fulton Street, Wall Street and in the World Trade Center. I wasn't too impressed with them given their values. Later when I worked in Rockefeller Center, I remember seeing a twenty-something in a pair of dress slacks with the most perfect pair of buttocks. How in the world did he get those pants tailored to such perfection? It was one of the most beautiful sites I've ever seen. And, I was blessed because I had to stand in line behind him. The moment was LOUDLY broadcasting: "Compliment him."
  • madsexy

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    Jan 20, 2015 5:34 PM GMT
    I'm glad we have gay CEOs and other examples of how being just like anyone else in every way that should be the basis of assessment is what WE are. But I think his comment that being gay makes him better than anyone because it gives him insight that others don't/can't have or causes him to have behaviors others don't/can't have is as reprehensible and bigoted as the prejudice and oppression we face! icon_eek.gif
  • madsexy

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    Jan 21, 2015 5:03 PM GMT
    robbaker saidi've bet he has lots of boys lined up though so that he can take care of their needs

    I ASSume you're not talking their finance needs! icon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 21, 2015 5:16 PM GMT
    There are very few 28 year olds who aren't hot. Even doing and eating whatever the hell they want.

    An ex used to say "There are very few 17 year olds you wouldn't do." Yeah, sounds perverse but now I get it.

    In the early 2000s I knew two gay bank execs, more empathetic than their straight colleagues, who worked at HSBC and didn't find the climate homophobic in the slightest yet neither exactly rose to the top of the heap. In fact, both were screwed no more, no less than their straight counterparts.
  • tj85016

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    Jan 21, 2015 5:25 PM GMT
    nothing worse than a pushy, whiny banker