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“Making money is a hobby of mine – spending it is my wife’s.”

Name: Eddie Goldsmith

Age: 54

Company: Goldsmith Williams

Job title: Senior partner (because I am the oldest).

Where do you live?

I was born and bred in sunny Liverpool and it’s looking increasingly likely that I’ll never leave.

Describe your current job:

I’m one of three senior partners and am responsible for bringing work into the firm. It’s a job that often means entertaining introducers – a tough job and not for the faint-hearted. I’m also a compliance partner which doesn’t always sit comfortably with sales but somehow I manage to muddle through.

What was your first job?

I worked in the mortuary in Sefton General Hospital, carting the dead around. Nice work if you can get it. One of the porters I worked with inadvertently ended up getting himself locked into the mental ward one night and the staff wouldn’t let him out. It could be dangerous at times.

What was your last job?

I’ve been fortunate to have been at Goldsmith Williams since 1984. Maybe owning it has something to do with that.

What have you done in between?

Slept, eaten, played the odd game of golf and now and again met up with my wife.

What has been the defining point of your career to date?

Without a doubt, it has to be setting up Goldsmith Williams and seeing what we have been able to achieve in just 22 years. Building up the business from a firm of three partners to one that employs 250 staff has been a challenge at times but it has also been highly rewarding.

And the most embarrassing?

It has to be reassuring a client of mine that he wouldn’t be going to jail just before he was led off for a stay in the clink.

Do you have a mortgage?

A number of them, but not on the same property.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

The Gato Nero in Pietrasanta, Italy. The food is rustic, the wine is sublime and the fact that you are sitting in an Italian restaurant in Italy is enough to make it a favourite. I won’t say much more about it as I want to keep it a bit of a secret.

What’s the most you’ve ever spent on dinner for two?
400 – and she didn’t even say yes.

What’s your favourite band?

Apart from The Beatles it has to be Red Lemmo. I was the guitarist with this little known Liverpool band in the 1980s. We only played together three times but our audiences will never forget the experience.

What’s your favourite tipple?

Barolo – a fruity red rather like myself.

Do you have any hobbies and interests?

Making money is a hobby of mine – spending it is my wife’s favourite hobby. Apart from that, I like learning Italian and playing tennis.


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