The <i>MT</i> Interview: Robert Tchenguiz

A family name changed in homage to Genghis Khan seems to have rubbed off on the boss of R2O, dealmaker extraordinaire of private equity. Number-crunching opportunist or smooth operator?

by Chris Blackhurst

The thing that hits you about Robert Tchenguiz's office is the silence.

Here he is, dealmaker extraordinaire; bidder, seemingly, for anything that moves; most feared man in the City - and the place is so damn quiet. It's also totally anonymous. He works from a refurbished block in Curzon Street, in London's Mayfair. It's smart but not grand. The only sign of his presence is the name of his company, R2O, on a list of occupants inside. Blink and you'd miss it.

Come out of the lift and you're greeted by a pair of double doors and a reception, marked Whyte & Mackay, the whisky firm he owns with his brother-in-law, Vivian Imerman. But still nothing to indicate Tchenguiz.

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