Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 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 often like to read the life stories of successful business persons in the world because they teach us many things. Their lives and professions are also inspiring for people. Today, I'd like to talk about one such person who is not only a successful business person but also a very renowned philanthropist. The name of this entrepreneur and world-renowned philanthropist is “Bill Gates”.

Anyway, I came to learn about Bill Gates about 20 years ago when I was in elementary school, and I started to learn to work on a computer. And one of my computer teachers told me that the computers we used were actually run by an operating system called Windows. “Windows” played an instrumental role in running computers, and the inventor of this revolutionary technology was Bill Gates.

By the way, at that time, I had no clue how “Windows” transformed the computing world, and who the person behind it was. Later on, I learned that this operating system took Bill Gates to the pinnacle of ultimate success and fame. Of course, the extraordinary talent of this brilliant person, born in 1955, became one of the most successful and richest persons in the history of the world.

But, apart from his fine technological mind and business acumen, 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. These qualities made Bill Gates arguably one of the most successful business persons in the last hundred years.

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 make 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. He is from my hometown and now owns a large group of industries. The product lines of his companies are famous throughout the country. I am glad to have been given an opportunity to talk about this business person whom I personally admire so much.

Since he is from the same town where I spent my childhood and teenage time, I have heard a lot about him. A couple of times, I have seen him in different seminars and programmes. Unfortunately, I never had the chance to talk to him in person. But, if I ever get a chance to spend some time with him, I would ask him about his success stories as a business person.

He is the eldest son of a successful local businessman and inherited his father’s electronic industry division many years ago. That was just the beginning, 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 leaps to expand it beyond his town. And lately, he 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 fortune and business success and thus has become one of the enviable businessmen in the country. His companies now produce cosmetics, shoes, papers, clothing items, medicines and of course different electrical and electronic items.

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. His companies currently employ millions of people, and this is also a big success as a businessman.

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