Anticipate and Innovate
A Conversation with David Gilmour, Founder of FIJI Water and Author of Start Up
By Dr. Josephine Gross
Organic pink Fijian ginger
Organic Fijian turmeric
Fijian kosher sea salt
Ginger, turmeric, and kava
Organic Fijian coconut oil
Graduation at Opportunity Early Childhood Education Center
With Jill Gilmour at Opportunity preschool
David at age 13
Born in Canada, David H. Gilmour is a world renowned businessman, serial entrepreneur, global philanthropist, and bestselling author of Start Up: Don’t Predict the Products of the Future. Create Them!
Founder of FIJI Water, David Gilmour successfully cultivated FIJI Water into the fastest growing premium beverage in the US in record-time. Since his entrepreneurial pursuits began some 60 years ago, Mr. Gilmour has raised 12 startups, from conception through success.
In 2011 he launched a collection of unique organic wellness products, hand-cultivated in the rich volcanic soil of the private island of Wakaya in Fiji, which he owns since 1973. A young octogenarian full of energy, Mr. Gilmour is a human treasure of wisdom and a living testimony to power of high quality nutrients for sustained health and longevity.—J.G.
How did your background prepare you for your extraordinary accomplishments?...
Because I was sent to a new school during the chaos of the Second World War, my parents inadvertently made me jump two grades and I never really caught up. I excelled in things like history and English, but seemed dumbfounded by mathematics, because without the two-year background it made life pretty difficult for me. My father, I’m sure, thought he’d produced an idiot, even though I was pretty competent in some other things. He asked me one day would if I’d like to travel as part of my education. I said, “Absolutely.”
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