Fun Facts

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I am always asked how tall I am! Below are a few fun facts and figures about life with the Joneses.

How tall are you?
6'7"
What size are your feet?
Size 14

How many children do you have?
I have 5 children; Annabelle, William, Natalia, Isabella and Tallulah.
How many pets have you got?
2 dogs: Zeus the Great Dane and Coco the terrier. 2 guinea pigs, one pig, 12 chickens, 5 turkeys and a field full of cows.
What is your golf handicap?
9
Who is your favourite band?
I have lots of musical interests... Jay Kay/Jamiroquai, Cold Play, The Script, Snow Patrol and even a little Dizzee Rascal and Lily Allen. Robbie Williams is a very close friend of mine and I also think he’s probably the world’s best entertainer.

What is your favourite gadget?
Anything that Q might provide to James Bond for whatever his latest assignment might be! Seriously though, I have a deep interest in technology both personally and in my business interests through my companies such as www.expansys.com. I really like the new Samsung Galaxy S3 although I still use an iPhone4 and iPad.
What's your favourite film?
I tend to watch more family films than anything else, mainly because I have five children. I loved the Harry Potter series and the books, which were a great escape into an amazing fictional world of wizards and spells. Nothing's quite matched it since for me, but I did enjoy Avatar in 3-D, but, my all time favourite is probably Shawshank Redemption.
What's your favourite colour?
Pantone 519C (Purple)

What is your favourite holiday destination?
I am slightly a creature of habit and twice per year I holiday with my family in Barbados and Portugal. I love both equally for different reasons. In Barbados we often meet up with close personal friends which is always welcome and we always stay at The Sandy Lane Hotel. In Portugal, it is often more family time, so if I have to choose between the two I'll go for Quinta do Lago in Portugal, where I have property and access to very good golf facilities.
What was the first car you bought?
Alfa Romeo
Who do you enjoy following the most on Twitter?
@JKCorden @Wossy @Lord_Sugar @IanJamesPoulter @PiersMorgan

What's your favourite drink?
I really am a wine lover, especially good, bold reds. My love of wine has extended into my business interests through an investment I made in an online wine business, yourfavouritewines.co.uk. My favourite red wine would be either a Burgundy or perhaps a nice Pinot Noir. Beyond wine, I am partial to the occasional vodka cranberry.
What's your favourite restaurant/bar?
I love Ago in LA, but in London it is Scotts restaurant in Mayfair, which is where I love to wind down with friends or colleagues after a hard day with wonderful food. I have been a regular there for many years and it's like visiting old friends each time I go to eat.

Was there a particular moment or person that inspired you?
At age 12, I was helping a teacher at my school to teach tennis and he inspired me later when I was 16 to set up my first business, a tennis academy. I used to play tennis at county level as a child and I still play regularly with ex-professionals. That was a real watershed moment in my life I think. At the time, I had the chance to improve my game with a view to becoming a professional, but there was something in me that wanted to take that talent and develop a successful business from it rather than, say, win Wimbledon.
Who's your favourite Dragon?
I actually really enjoy working with all the Dragons. I would say that over the years, Duncan and I have always had a friendly rivallry and tend to take counter positions on things, and there have been moments in the Den where that has become heated. But there is also a lot of respect between us in the Den and, as entrepreneurs, there is with all of us. Everyone knows I enjoy winding Duncan up and I'm not going to stop now! I don't mind working with any of the Dragons but, in terms of numbers, there are more investments where Theo and I work together, and that perhaps has something to do with the fact that we have known each other for a long time before the show started.
Do you think it's easier or harder, in the current climate, to be an entrepreneur, compared to when you started?
It's never easy to start your own business but the current climate lends itself well to entrepreneurs. If you can make something work and stand on its own two feet in a downturn, then you know you can reap the rewards when the economy picks up. You need entrepreneurs to help dig the economy out of the doldrums, and that is one of the many reason why I commit so much energy to teaching the next generation of entrepreneurs. Ultimately, skilled, confident 'can do' people are good for Britain.

If you lost all your businesses tomorrow, and you had to start from scratch again, what would you do next?
It's a horrible thought, but I have done it before and I would do it again. When I set my mind to something I know I can make things happen. I'm not saying it would be easy, but I believe in myself and my ability. I would look to what I know well and where I have good relationships and experience, and start from there.