'Don't buy shoes, buy buildings'

Nely Galan, Telemundo's first female president and author of Self-Made, on asking for help and why you should work backwards.

by Kate Bassett

'I think like an immigrant.'

Nely Galan, who went from running her own TV production company to becoming the first female president of Telemundo, describes herself as a 'born survivor'. 'Immigrants hustle because they have to. They endure out of necessity,' she says. 'That mindset got me far.'

Galan’s family emigrated from communist Cuba to the States when she was four years old. ‘My parents had been very successful in their own country but they arrived in America with nothing but the clothes on their back,’ she says. ‘Their college degrees meant nothing, they were poor, they were depressed and they spoke very little English. I had to grow up fast.’

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