SEOUL (AFP) – The South Korean chicken mogul who bought one of Napoleon’s famous two-pointed hats for $2.2 million says he sees the French emperor as a guiding “spirit” for modern entrepreneurs.
“I have always held in high esteem Napoleon’s challenging spirit that nothing is impossible,” Kim Hong-Kuk, the 57-year-old founder and chairman of the poultry giant Harim Group, said in a statement seen Tuesday. “So I made the purchase of his hat to reawaken entrepreneurial spirit,” Kim said.
The chairman of South Korea’s top chicken processing firm shelled out nearly €1.9 million ($2.2 million) for the black felted fur hat at an auction in Paris on Sunday.
“Napoleon’s challenging spirit sends an important message in this era that needs entrepreneurial spirit more than anything else,” he said.
Kim said he was considering putting the hat on public display to share Napoleon’s “spirit of challenge and adventure”.