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Chatting to Astral Foods CEO, Chris Schutte

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, Personal Edition” feature. Here’s a recent interview with Astral Foods CEO, Chris Schutte.

Schutte – who started his career in 1984 as the assistant to a chicken farm manager – has been with Astral since 2002. He became CEO in 2009.

Under the leadership of Schutte; Astral had a hugely profitable 2017. The company recently indicated it expects a 410% increase in earnings for the six months to end-March, suggesting a dividend of around 1800 cents per share.

Schutte was recently featured on The Money Show; campaigning for the inclusion of chicken in the VAT-free basket of foods, which doesn’t have any meat products currently.

  • What does Schutte believe about money?

  • Does he spend like crazy, or save compulsively?

  • How did his childhood experiences of deprivation, or abundance, shape his views on money?

I grew up in Oudtshoorn… My dad was in the military… My mom was a housewife… We had the typical army camp lifestyle… We were poor… My dad used to get paid in a little brown envelope… The picture will never escape me…

I never had the privilege to go to university… There was no money… and I don’t think my grades were good enough.

I had my first heart attack at 30 working 18 hours a day… I’ve had five, and I’m still around… My attitude was work hard, and work longer hours… In the poultry industry, there really is no other way… Chris Schutte, Astral Foods

 

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