Luigi Wewege is the CEO of Vivier & Co., a boutique financial service provider that seeks to reduce and eliminate market risk volatility while yielding consistently above-average returns for clients. Though his role with Vivier & Co. keeps him quite busy, Luigi is also profoundly involved in a number of other business endeavors. In addition to his work with Vivier & Co. and its many umbrella companies, Luigi is also the director of the New Zealand China Development Group and the New Zealand Middle East Development Group, the president of Global Business Innovations, the chairman of Nikau Global and is a founding partner of the House of Pies.
A graduate of the University of Missouri-Saint Louis who earned his MBA in international business from MIB School of Management in Trieste, Italy, Luigi earned countless academic and athletic honors during his time at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, graduating cum laude with a dual degree in finance and international business and management. Since earning his degrees, Luigi has clearly put his education to good use and remains involved in a number of non-profit endeavors as well.
With so many international business interests and responsibilities, it should not come as a surprise that Luigi lives in close proximity to a major international airport. A resident of Orlando, Florida, Luigi travels frequently but always looks forward to any free time in which he is able to enjoy the custom lakefront home he had built in a historic area of the city that still has brick-paved streets.
In what city/state was your first house located and approximately what year did you buy it?
I bought my first home in 2013. It is located in Winter Park, Florida, but it’s so close to Orlando that the city is often considered a part of Orlando proper.
What was your living situation prior to buying your first house? Where/with whom/etc?
I travel so often that I was renting places all over the world — New Zealand, China, Italy — and staying there for just a few months at a time. Some were small apartments in major cities while others were houses in more suburban locales, so my business interests kept me from settling down in any one place by keeping me always on the move.
What motivated you to purchase your first house?
I really wanted to have a place that I could consider a permanent home. I still travel quite a bit, but it is nice to have a place to return to that feels comfortable and warm.
How did you go about getting the money together to buy it?
I bought the land first, and when I did I wasn’t sure whether I was going to build on the property or just hold onto it as an investment. After visiting the property and seeing its potential as a place to call home, I began cutting down on some unnecessary expenses so I could begin the process of designing and building a custom home.
When you purchased, were you thinking of it as an investment or as a place to start a family. Please elaborate.
Originally it was just a plot of land that I thought had a great deal of potential to appreciate in relatively short order. Now that I have built a custom home, I am looking at it more as a place to eventually start a family.
What are 3 things you liked most about the house?
The old brick roadways are so quaint and remind me a little bit of the cobblestone paths in Italy, but I also love the view of the lake. Of course, I certainly appreciate the fact that it was very much a blank slate when I first purchased the land.
Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
My first instinct was to clear all of the natural vegetation from the plot of land, but I eventually decided that it would be better to keep a lot of it in place to create a landscape featuring mostly native plants complemented by some unique tropical options.
Did you make any improvements or major renovations to the house?
The entire property is custom-made and was only built recently, so I hope there is no need for any major renovations any time soon.
Please share 1-2 of your fondest/funniest memories from living there.
The first time I walked out onto the lanai after construction had been completed is my favorite memory thus far. I had just gotten back from a long business trip and just wanted to relax and unwind, and it was just this perfect Florida evening with only a few clouds framing an otherwise clear sky. It was at that moment that I really felt like I was home.
Do you still live there or did you sell it or renting it?
I still live there and hope to continue living there for many years to come.
What advice would you give other first time home buyers?
When I purchased the land on which I built my home, I saw it as an investment and thought I could get a nice return without having to put in much time or money. Obviously, the outcome is quite different than what I had originally planned, so I would suggest that first-timers keep an open mind in terms of the options that might become available as time passes or circumstances change.