'Showbiz is no longer the passport to the good life,' he reckons. But, having owned many successful eateries (Strada, The Ivy), he would say that, wouldn't he?
NIGEL NICHOLSON - Our new Brainfood columnist is a London Business School professor who hasn't forgotten his roots as a psychologist. He dips his nose and fingers into anything to do with business, leadership, family firms and the human side of finance, always with an eye to the Darwinian perspective.
SARA MURRAY - As well as running her GPS business Buddi and advising SME minister Mark Prisk, Murray found time to pen MT a book review. And she has taken up a new hobby: flying helicopters. 'It's like rubbing your tummy, patting your head and doing a quickstep, all at once,' she says.
NOMA BAR - Our cover artist this month is one of the hottest illustrators around. He is busier than ever and is currently producing work for The Economist, The New York Times and even the V&A. 'I don't know if it's because illustration is back in fashion - or maybe it's just me,' he says modestly.
EMMA HASLETT - Having spent three years writing about small business for various websites, MT's new online reporter was the obvious choice to do our SME book roundup, Three of a Kind. She's moving on to bigger things - as illustrated by this photo of her being dragged up a mountain in the Lake District.