In person: Robert Cook, Chief executive - Malmaison, Hotel du Vin

The Malmaison office in London is a cosy affair, with deep carpets, a purple colour scheme and high-brow magazines scattered across expensive tables. CEO Robert Cook is sitting with a coffee on a leather sofa big enough for six, and seems very much at home. "I'd say I have the best job in the hotel industry," he says. "Malmaison is my life. Hotel du Vin is my life. I love my business."

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