Cooks and servants an optional extra

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 October, 2010, 12:00am

While HSBC provides its top executives with luxury accommodation on a fabled hillside, it does not necessarily come with a team of cooks and servants.

Far from it in fact - and the size of the team varies, because the taipans have to pay for their domestic help out of their own pockets.

William Purves used a team of Chinese maids dressed in traditional white shirts and black trousers.

David Eldon said he had only two Filipino maids when he lived at Taipan House from 1999 to 2005.

'It is up to the chairman's individual decision on how to hire the servants because it comes out of their own pockets,' he said. 'The bank does not pay for their servants.'

He did not see the need to hire a renowned chef, as his wife was a good cook.

On the choice of food, Eldon said it was mainly western cuisine.

'As we are a British bank, people would expect we serve British food.'


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