There is also always a treat on my desk in the shape of a bar of Lindt dark chocolate with fleur de sel (fine sea salt). Ever since childhood I have adored chocolate, but now it must be this particular type, which I discovered about five years ago. I don’t smoke, but I think it is an addiction just as much as cigarettes. I can share my bar easily, but subject to certain conditions – including that there must always be a square (or two) left for me.
Vitamin C tablets
It may sound boring, but my bottle of vitamin C tablets, in among all my gadgets, is vital to me. The boost they give me is an essential part of my survival plan, to give me energy for my job and the constant travel. I use them to help with changes in time zone, instead of drinking a lot of coffee. It may be psychological, but I am convinced the tablets help – I am always in good health and so far have never had to take a day off sick.
Creating a world without poverty
At the beginning of the economic crisis, in 2008, I read this book, Creating a World Without Poverty, by the Nobel prize winner Muhammad Yunus – and I still dip into it on a regular basis. Bangladeshi by origin, Yunus focuses on the importance of microcredit in allowing people to start their own businesses. His work inspired me to join forces with Christine Lagarde (now head of the IMF) to draft a law in France that allowed individuals at certain income thresholds to become self-employed; in only a few years more than a million people benefitted from this law. The book has helped me to continue to do my job and at the same encourage others to create their own opportunities, which is very important to me.