Rakhil Fernando

THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF ALIBABA GROUP OWNED DARAZ.LK PONDERS LOVE, HAPPINESS, LIFE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF HIS LEGO COLLECTION

What one word would describe you?
Recklessly optimistic

What are you most passionate about?
The quality of popcorn at cinemas

What do you fear the most?
Being irrelevant

What is your greatest regret?
Not getting into an Ivy League university

On what occasion do you lie?
When I know I won’t get caught

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
Can I name two? Bob Iger and Ralph Lauren

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
To be able to read people’s minds

Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
Completing my private pilot license! Soon!

Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be, and why?
My Lego collection – it’s been 37 years in the making

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
Where do I begin?

What is your greatest extravagance?
Where do I begin?

Which talent would you most like to have?
To be able to speak multiple languages

What trait do you most deplore in yourself?
My low attention span

What trait do you most deplore in others?
People who go on and on about something

What was one of your life changing moments?
Almost dying from a random virus just over a year ago

What do you think has been the strength behind your success?
Three people. My parents and my wife

If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
I love my name. I’ll make the few others named Rakhil change theirs

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?
The same as what matters most to me now. My wife and child

What inspires you?
People who go after their dreams

What do you value most in your friends?
Their patience with me