According to Forbes, a Tech Billionaire’s company misplaced $46.7 Million and didn’t know It. At 37, Robert Pera is a billionaire and controlling owner of an NBA basketball team, the Memphis Grizzlies. A former Apple Executive, he is the founder and chief executive of Ubiquiti Networks, a maker of wireless products based in San Jose, California. Pera and Ubiquiti didn’t even know the money was missing, they only learned about the transfers of vast sums of money, 10% of Ubiquiti’s cash position, after being notified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (FBI)
Helloooooo, Mr. Pera, you were obviously not raised in an African home. The meat in my mama’s pot has been calculated and counted and divided in my mum’s head. As soon as she wakes up, first thing she does is open the pot. It’s just a feeling she has that the meat has been tampered with. I used to wonder if she saw me in her dreams snacking on beef in the middle of the night. When we (my siblings and I) saw that she may be clairvoyant and after several punishments, we learnt to take a slice out of every piece of meat so the numbers would remain in tact…Guess what? she noticed that too!
I remember one time I was in the kitchen, I had the responsibility of placing fried plantain on everyone’s plate. Mum came into the kitchen to serve my dad and said to me “I’ll give your father eight (8) slices of plantain, share the rest amongst you six-six” I said “Mum I don’t understand. what if it’s not enough?”. she said “I know exactly how many slices of plantain are there, 40. So I gave you allowance to eat two. That’s all” Oh my Cheesos! Do I throw up the extra one I had eaten or just eat my meal in the kitchen so she wouldn’t notice? It was one of those days when everyone was in a good mood, I couldn’t afford to cause problems. So I decided to eat in the kitchen
Dear Mr. Pera, my mum is late, I would have advised that you hire her as your accountant and CFO but in her absence, look for a Naija or African accountant. By default, we have been trained to “feel it” when possessions go missing, or in your case, gradually distributed to fraudsters
Pera says “This is probably the most embarrassing moment of my life…”