Direct Capital's Ross George is a pioneering veteran of the New Zealand private equity market. Now, 25 years after raising Direct Capital's first fund, George is still going strong. He talked to the Herald about how he got started here as a 32-year-old, the dynamics of the market and some of his standout transactions.

Herald: You were very young when you came back to New Zealand to raise the first fund for Direct Capital — which you listed. Why did you make that decision to list and how did you have the confidence to do that at such a young