Bobby Genovese is known for his lust for life and knack for making money. The Bahamian resident founded his first company, Investor Relations Group (IRG), at the young age of 25, which he sold in 1995. He then formed BG Capital Group Limited and BG Capital Management Corporation, merchant banking and asset consolidator firms headquartered in Barbados, with over $200 million in assets and $150 million in revenue, and with associate and management offices in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Florida, Bahamas, Los Angeles, California, Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, B.C.
That’s not all. In 1996, Bobby also built one of North America’s top-ranked polo teams by founding Vancouver International Polo, which has won the Canadian Open and numerous American, Argentinean and Chilean tournaments in the years that followed. Bobby was also the star of his own American television show, Bobby G: Adventure Capitalist, which premiered in 2008.
In 2012, he developed and launched BG Signature Properties, a portfolio of 12 exclusive retreats in the U.S., Canada, Bahamas, Europe, and South America, including its flagship property, BG Equestrian Resort in Ocala, FL.
1. How do you define success?
Doing what you love to do.
2. What is the key to success?
If you love what you’re doing, then you will be successful.
3. Did you always know you would be successful?
I always knew that I wanted to be successful, but what I’ve accomplished was beyond my wildest dreams.
4. When faced with adversity, what pushes you to keep moving forward?
The fear of failure.
5. What is the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
Never give up. Every time I feel like I lost a deal, I always wind up right back into it.
6. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Playing with my children.
7. What makes a great leader?
Enthusiasm. People want to be heard and want to be loved. That attitude of acceptance and support inspires them to be the best they can be.
8. What advice would you give to college students about entering the workforce?
Back to questions 1 and 2. Look in the mirror and figure out what you love to do. Play your strengths. Success will come if you love what you’re doing.
This interview is an excerpt from Success: 30 Interviews with Entrepreneurs & Executives by Jason Navallo.