Q. What were you like as a kid?
A. I was really curious. My mother is a judge, and my dad’s a lawyer. So they encouraged my curiosity and kept directing me to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, where I would read up on things. I was always trying to figure out how to make things better.
I also had this very natural desire to save money. I was the banker among the kids. I have three siblings, and while they would spend their money, I was always saving. Even when I was 9 or 10, they would come to me for loans.
That combination of curiosity and frugality got me interested in business. When I was 11, I started working on weekends in the garment district in Montreal. Initially, I was just unpacking boxes.
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