Profile: Hidden depths


He’s a funny one is Michael Rea. You’d think the chief executive of one of the largest and most acquisitive brokers in the country, CCV, would be a bit more brash or arrogant – opinionated even. But Mr Rea is none of the above. He’s quiet, measured and a bit of a closed shop really. He doesn’t give much away and every soundbite is a hostage.

That’s not to say he isn’t good company – he is but he’s guarded. It’s difficult to tell whether this is to do with being in the company of a journalist or

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