Few feel the pulse of global wealth like David Forbes, who possesses perhaps the most enviable contacts book in world property (having more than 600 offices with 30,000 people in 60-plus countries at your fingertips can’t hurt). "You have to be a complete chameleon, doing what I do,’ he tells Spear’s. ‘You have to be as comfortable dealing with an old duchess in Tuscany or someone from the music industry in St Tropez or someone from the film business in Los Angeles and New York. You have to tune in to people. One size doesn’t fit all."
’Typically, the very wealthy have three overseas homes,’ says David Forbes, head of estate agent Savills’ Private Office. ‘One in southern Europe for summer sun, another in the Alps to go skiing, and a third for winter sun, typically in the Caribbean but increasingly in the Far East.’