IELTS Cue Card Sample 234 - Describe a successful businessman you know

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a successful businessman you know.

You should say:

  • who this person is
  • how you know this person
  • how he/she has become so successful

and explain why you consider him/her as a successful business person.


Model Answer 1:

I like to read the life stories of successful business persons in the world because they teach us a lot of things and inspire us. Today, I would like to talk about one such businessman who is not only successful in his profession but also a very renowned philanthropist.  The name of this entrepreneur and world-renowned philanthropist is “Bill Gates”.

Anyway, the first time I came to learn about Bill Gates was about 20 years ago when I had just started school, and I started to learn to work on a computer. It was at that time that I learned that there was something called “Windows” which played the instrumental role in running computers, and the inventor of that thing called “Windows” was Bill Gates.

By the way, at that time, I had no clue that “Windows” was also called a computer operating system. Later on, of course, I came to know that it was that computer operating system called “Windows” which took him to the pinnacle of ultimate success and fame. Of course, the extraordinary talent of this brilliant technological mind, born in 1955, also played a huge role in becoming one of the most successful and rich persons in the world. But, apart from his fine technological mind and perfect educational background (Bill Gates attended the Harvard University), he is also a true entrepreneur in every sense because of his hard work, extraordinary ability to predict the future, and his willingness to never hold himself back from the challenge are what made Bill Gates arguably one of the most successful business persons in the last one century.

Anyway, I consider Bill Gates as a successful business person, primarily because he is one of the richest persons in the world today (he also has been the richest person in the world in a row for several years). Besides, it is Bill Gates who has built the world's largest software business, Microsoft, through technological innovation, keen business strategy and aggressive business tactics, which indeed makes him one of the most successful business persons in modern times.


Sample Answer 2:

Mr Alex Smith (…or say a name you prefer…) is a successful businessman I know about. He is from my hometown and he now owns two groups of industries and the products line of his companies are famous in our country.

Since he is from the same town where I spent my childhood and teenage time, I have heard a lot about him and a few times I met him as well.

He was a son of a successful local businessman and he inherited his father’s electronic industry many years back. That was just the starting and over time he has worked really hard and built his empire in the local business market. In a few years, he took some giant leapt in his business and lately has been awarded as one of the best business entrepreneurs in the country. From the local electronic business he had inherited from his father, he gradually and successfully amassed the fortune and business success and thus has become one of the enviable businessmen in the country.

Taking great decisions and gradually enhancing the business was his success mantra. Everyone in our locality agrees that he was an honest, hardworking and wise person who knew when to take risks and when not to. His timely decision, investment in promising sectors and hard work have rewarded him well and his industries have made the opportunity for others to earn their daily bread.

Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Card topics as well:
  1. Describe a successful person you know about. 
  2. Describe a person who has become successful. 
  3. Describe a family business you know about. 
  4. Describe a successful business or company in your hometown. 
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