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