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The gingerman

Geraldine Panapasa
Monday, February 18, 2013

SUCCESSFUL businessman David Gilmour is no stranger to Fiji having committed his time, effort, resources and belief towards developing the local economy.

The 81-year old FIJI Water founder recently featured in the March 4, 2013 Forbes magazine issue in the US. He revealed his newest start-up business was called Wakaya Perfection, a ginger powder made from roots grown on his 22,000-acre island in Wakaya.

In the feature, Mr Gilmour explained he puts the powder on his food, dissolves it in his drinks, bathes in it and rubs it on his face and sore muscles.

"Gilmour discovered that Wakaya ginger grew well in the fertile volcanic soil near his house. He remembered how his mother wouldn't sing without first sipping ginger tea, then researched its potential to fight nausea, muscle pain, indigestion and skin aging," the magazine stated.

The Wakaya Group chief operating officer Meliki Tuinamuana said Mr Gilmour had been committed to Fiji for over 40 years and was enhancing and increasing his commitment by investing in Wakaya Perfection.

She said Mr Gilmour believed Wakaya Perfection would bring positive attention to Fiji, resulting in additional tourists.

"Mr Gilmour is one of the world's most successful entrepreneurs who has enjoyed extraordinary success throughout his career and much of it that has been focused on improving the quality of life in Fiji," she said.

"His successes have been built upon a rich and complex combination of experiences revealed for the first time in this compelling first-person account of life as a serial entrepreneur."

Meanwhile, Mr Gilmour recently released his new book, Start Up — The Life & Times of a Serial Entreprenuer, for the first time in paperback form in Fiji.

The book is available at the USP Bookshop in Laucala Bay, Prouds and Tappoos outlets.

"From the iconic FIJI Water brand, the serene Wakaya Club & Spa, the expansive Southern Pacific Hotel chain, the Barrick Gold mining Company, the innovative Dansk Design, and the new Wakaya Perfection line of products — Start Up offers a very personal story of business, risk, family, friends, triumph and tragedy that went with the founding and creation of these groundbreaking businesses," Ms Tuinamuana said.

"Mr Gilmour's story and history will be of interest to every person who believes or hopes in the power and potential of the human spirit."

She said Start Up chronicled the experiences, relationships and conversations that led Mr Gilmour to the endeavors that had brought him and others so much success, happiness and personal fulfilment — something that had always brought him back to Wakaya Island.