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Courtroom predator Billy Gundelfinger opens up about his money and his life

My parents were German Jews, as I am… My father and grandfather were incarcerated… My father was the only man to escape twice… The second time he escaped onto a boat where a German officer dressed him in uniform… After the boat left German waters one of the crew told them what the officer had done… he lost his life for helping my father…

Billy Gundelfinger

When I matriculated I got a bursary from Wits that my father didn’t want me to accept… So, I had to work during the day and go to Wits at night… I qualified at 23… I started my own practice with an overdraft from Nedbank…

Billy Gundelfinger

I’ve got the most outstanding investment consultant… Me! Property is my thing…

Billy Gundelfinger

Every week The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews a famous person about her or his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.) as part of his weekly “Make Money Mondays” feature.

This week Whitfield interviewed Billy Gundelfinger, one of South Africa’s most well-known divorce and criminal attorneys.

Gundelfinger has been involved in a number of the country’s most high profile cases – he was Tokyo Sexwale’s divorce lawyer and, more recently, defended child abuse accused Sidney Frankel.

What does the courtroom predator believe about money?

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

I started working when I was 12 years old…

Billy Gundelfinger

I think it’s worthwhile to buy good stuff.

Billy Gundelfinger

I didn’t have money for petrol…

Billy Gundelfinger

…that’s why I’m so passionate about Unisa…

Billy Gundelfinger

You’re born into a situation… You’ve got to make the best of it… I wanted to go to King David… I just mentioned it to my father, and he got really angry… You make your own way in life…

Billy Gundelfinger

I went to Athlone Boys’ High… I had to get out of there… I went to Damelin College… I had to sell pottery in the afternoons…

Billy Gundelfinger

Irrespective of your circumstances… There’s always something you can do to try and better your life…

Billy Gundelfinger

The most important ingredient in becoming successful is learning to give back to others… Life is a big ying and yang. If you don’t give back you’ll never get the chance to achieve anything…

Billy Gundelfinger

I’m not really careful with money. It’s there to give you pleasure. It’s just a passing show. You’ve just got to enjoy your life as best you’re able to. I believe in living.

Billy Gundelfinger

My Bentley [is his biggest extravagance]… My worst investment is my half-share in a 1936 Bentley… I’ve spent lots!

Billy Gundelfinger

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