'I have a very good understanding of what entrepreneurs are like, perhaps because, when I worked as a lawyer, I was working for myself too. For me it doesn't make sense having one specific image of the ideal businessman in mind. In Lower Saxony I was deeply involved with Volkswagen - not because I was obsessed with big business, but because I was concerned about all the other suppliers who depend on their work with the firm ... Entrepreneurs are vital because they create wealth. But I have high expectations of our elites - those who earn more, live better and enjoy privileges. I want them to think of others as well as themselves, to put something back into society. For me that goes without saying.'
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