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Jenkins, Michael (8 of 8) National Life Stories: City Lives
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1991-10-01, 1991-11-02, 1991-21-03, 1991-15-05
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Jenkins, Michael, 1932-, (speaker, male)
Burk, Kathy, (speaker, female)
Part 8 (tape 4 side B): MJ helped Hugo to work at the Chicago Board of Tade over the summer vacation. Oliver (b. 1966) is more like Howard - most athletic, not very bright academically. Failed maths exam at Oxford Polytechnic (reading Business Studies) and had to leave. Decided to learn French, worked in Paris for a year, then went to university at Aix for a year, then back to Paris where he owns and runs a bar. He was not an absent father. Wife was a full-time mother and part-time therapist. Very stable home and very happy marriage. Likes gardening, playing the piano, buying books, especially history. Home in Stone Street, Kent, on the site of a Victorian mansion pulled down after the War. The stable block was converted into a house (not his) and three other houses built on the land, one of which is theirs. Has superb view over the Weald of Kent. Lots of friends in Sevenoaks, which is nearby. Politics not very important: on Left side of Tory Party, fiscally conservative but social conscience. A Guardian and Observer reader. Religion not very important, but not an atheist. Goes to church, likes the mysticism. When he retires, wants to continue in some involvement, since would miss friends in the City. Best thing: extremely happy life, can switch off. Worst thing: quite a shy person (has overcome it) but [tape ended, but I noted down the remainder of the sentence] 'my career reflects the fact that I've done what I've done by hard work and endeavour rather than flair.'
Interview with Sir Michael Jenkins OBE, Chief Executive of the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE) (1981-1992).