The Entrepreneur

Name

Richard Vedelago

Job

frozengems.com

Age

23

Where

London and Paris

How much do you get paid?

It varies – but it’s certainly in the millions per annum.

How did you get into it?

By the time I was 18 I’d built up and sold a PR/events company for £150k. Then I moved on to commodities and luxury goods.

What are the hours like?

Because of travel, I have no time to myself. Most days I start at 7 and finish at 10pm, or at 3am if I’m out with clients.

Describe your average working day

I’ll get a briefing from my five offices first thing, make a few calls, have a lunch meeting, have afternoon meetings, return to the office, have dinner. It’s all meetings, really – I’m the CEO and chairman so that’s my role.

What are your co-workers like?

I have a team of 30 around the world. All of my employees are close friends – we’ve had a lot of company holidays.

What’s the best perk?

Probably the money and having the luxury that comes with it. I have houses in London, Paris, Nigeria and soon in LA…

What causes you the most hassle?

Travel. It becomes tedious because I’m on the move pretty much all the time. We’re looking into getting a Lear jet.

What was your worst experience?

Being in the oil and gas business, we’ve lost as much as two million on the markets on a bad day. My worst day was when I lost my Vertu phone with all my contacts. It cost 11 grand.

Is your job good for meeting women?

It’s not bad. There are lots of holidays, nice cars and watches. It certainly attracts their attention in clubs.

What was your dream job?

Hugh Hefner’s – for obvious reasons.

The HIV Tester

Name

Dr Laurence Gerlis

Job

samedaydoctor.co.uk

Age

“50-something”

Where

London

How much do you get paid?

£110 per HIV test, but there are overheads like lab fees…

How did you get into it?

The demand was there: I was a GP and found that men were fed up with going to GUM clinics because of the wait.

What are the hours like?

Long. As well as maybe 50 hours in the week – 8am to 7pm – I often do a weekend shift.

Describe your average working day

We see a lot of men who’ve been on stag dos, but the vast majority of tests are negative. With gay men we’re getting a few positives every week; it’s devastating for the patient, but rarely a total surprise for them.

What are your co-workers like?

They’re a great bunch of specialists. HIV’s dropped off the radar a bit, but people should still be concerned about it.

What’s the best perk?

It’s never dull. And there’s a buzz when you tell people who think they’re HIV positive that they are not…

What causes you the most hassle?

HIV-obsessives. Some people get a negative test and go from one clinic to the next to have another one.

What was your worst experience?

One of my staff once told a woman she was HIV negative when she was actually positive. We had to get her back to tell her – she was very angry, understandably.

Is your job good for meeting women?

Well, you can’t regard patients as potential dates; you can get struck off for it.

What was your dream job?

I wanted to be a linguist and work for the UN.