A round of 18 holes, a quick outing on the yacht, followed by driving a few laps around the racetrack--that's what CEOs do for fun, right? While golf, sailing and driving fast cars remain popular hobbies, some CEOs are turning theirs into day jobs. Others are finding increasingly more interesting ways to spend their leisure time. Blogging, espionage and pot-bellied pig collecting to name but a few.
For a lucky few CEOs, having a hobby has turned out to be rather profitable. Famously, Jerry Yang and David Filo of Yahoo and Michael Dell all turned their passion for computers into successful businesses.
Colin Grant, the CEO of the fitness and yoga chain Pure Group, turned his love of yoga into his day job. The chain originated in Hong Kong and now has outlets in Singapore, Taiwan and New York.
Luckily, he doesn't believe his hobby has become a job and still uses yoga to relax.
"When I'm in a yoga studio, I can totally shift my mind into a different world, and yoga practice helps greatly to transform both mentally and physically," he says.
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Quintessentially is one of the world's leading concierge services. Shevaun Leach, the regional communications director for Quintessentially in Asia, says, "the majority of our members are CEOs, so we're very much in tune with their leisure time."
"Golf is a rather standard CEO pastime," Leach says. "Organizing F1 Grand Prix VIP Hospitality Packages around the globe and center court tickets to Grand Slam tennis tournaments go without saying. We are asked almost daily to arrange access to Manchester United, Arsenal & Chelsea home matches in the U.K."
Image: CEO of the fitness and yoga chain Pure Group, Colin Grant took his first yoga class in 2001 and liked it so much he turned his passion into a business.
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