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Interview with John Bosnitch

Today we are fortunate enough to have the highly regarded and esteemed political commentator John Bosnitch in the studio, who has kindly agreed to an interview with one of our senior representatives.

Where were you born, and how was your early family life?

I was very lucky to be brought up amongst a family of senior Serbian royalists and Royal Family members, and I have never forgotten my natural heritage. In fact I like to recall my upbringing as often as I can, because I remember all the details of it so consistently and I always have the same fond recollections of these fine historical figures. I never forget the way I was brought up.

What are your career highlights?

I started out as a straight and simple banker, dealing with other people's money, but then I went into tax advice and I had some high profile clients who I helped lawfully minimise their tax burdens. I am very proud of that subject although others don't remember anything about it. Then I went back into banking and in particular structured finance. And that's how I ended up here in Belgrade.

So you are Serbian citizen?

I see myself more as a citizen of the world. In fact I am not sure I have any true nationality at all. Some years ago I lost my passport, and i haven't looked back. I had an opportunity to get my passport back and make a new application, just recently, but I thought about it very carefully early in the morning and I just decided that being a stateless citizen, like the Palestinians, was more for me.

Talking of that, how do you spend your days?

I am an early riser. I like to get up super early in the morning, like a lot of top executives. Then I brush my teeth, I clean my face, I wash my hair and I do all the other cosmetic things a man like me has to do to stay looking young.

Then I call up my friends and we go out for coffee, very first thing in the morning. And do you know what? We all laugh so much, we go crazy. And we do this every day in the week, particularly at weekends but we always find some crazy coffee shop where we can laugh and laugh and laugh amidst our serious conversations because there is nothing I dislike more than people who can't talk honestly and straightforwardly and down to earth. People who aren't like me are just vegetables, they don't think and they just lunge around from one place to the other like buffoons. I like an executive's style of life.

Do you have any favourite authors?

Yes! I am a keen reader. Amongst my favourite authors are Chinua Achebe and some of the following elements:

  • Douglas Adams.

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

  • Aaron Akinyemi

  • David Eagleman.

  • Terry Eagleton.

  • Bret Easton Ellis.

  • Umberto Eco.

  • Esi Edugyan.

In fact I am a notorious socialiser and reader, always powered on by my unnatural energies! I like my friend Charles but he doesn't come out so often because he has expensive tastes and you don't know anything about him.

Tell us about your financial situation.

I am independently very wealthy. I live in my own apartment, that I own and I don't pay any rent on it. I live a happy lifestyle with a full wardrobe of clothes. I always have money to spend on the things that I need even if not anything else. I never need to whore out my girlfriends to make money. I'm not that kind of person.

What are your plans for the future?

I suppose I am going to carry on what I am doing, waiting for the one day when I strike it seriously rich. And I am sure I will get there. And when I do, I know you will be waiting for you to interview me again.

Mr John Bosnitch, entrepreneur extraordinaire, thank you very much for your interview and your valuable time! We know we are going to see you again.


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