PERTH (December 24): ALAN Bond, the driving force behind a multi-billion dollar global brewing, property and media empire, believes his critics lack his visionary skills. 'If my strategies are right then the future generation that come behind me in Bond Corp will say 'what vision you had',' Mr Bond said. Under attack from all sides with question marks hanging over his empire's creditworthiness, ethics and voracious tactics, Mr Bond responds that he is a misunderstood visionary practising the most modern business techniques. 'I can't keep making short-term investments that please the stock market,' he said. 'We have 22,000 employees, we are providing for the future to the year 200 and beyond.' Mr Bond, chairman of Bond Corp Holdings, admits his corporation has been hurt by bitter attacks this year, particularly by the British trading house Lonrho and its chief executive Roland 'Tiny' Rowland. Mr Rowland, fearing Mr Bond plans to use a 21 per cent stake in Lonrho as a springboard for a takeover bid has gone to elaborate lengths to discredit Mr Bond. A 93-page Lonrho dossier alleges Bond Corp is 'technically insolvent'. 'Public relationwise, you can do without that sort of thing but I suspect it will do him more harm than it will do us,' Mr Bond said. Asked if his friendship with Mr Rowland was over, Mr Bond said: 'There never was a friendship per se. 'There was a business acquaintance and I find it unacceptable that he uses his company's money to persecute a shareholder and no doubt in the fullness of time he will have to pay it back.'