Interesting article in the Feb BRW about Simon Baker, head of realestate.com and dubbed "Mr 7000%", due to the increase in share price since he took over as CEO in 2001: with the share price rising from 8c to $5.55 in Dec 06 over a 7 yr period. Even with new competitors coming on board or improving their sites (myhome.com.au Australian real estate property search and the aggressively marketed homehound) he remains confident that realestate will weather the competition and stay the first choice for both buyers and agents. 18 mths ago the company also employed American Andy Sheats, a man with a talent for mergers and acquisitions, who has negotiated seven acquisitions since he's been on board. In the nine yrs previous to this, realestate had managed only one acquisition. These acquisitions have helped nearly double the company's revenue to a healthy $60mill - nice position indeed But it's Baker's attitude that I like. Sure, he is a workaholic who loves what he does and even admits that, "I am not addicted to my work; I am just in love with it". He claims to work just 12 hrs a day yet friend McGrath believes that 20 hrs is closer to the truth. But his philosophy is great, especially for someone who is doing what he loves. When asked to define it, he said: "How do you truly work out how far you can go? I would hate to die wondering".