Paul-Constant Smit was born in Pretoria. While at the Deutsche Schule Pretoria, his family relocated to Europe for a while, infusing him with a wanderlust that has never waned. He is equally at home spearfishing in the cold Cape waters or on safari in the bush.
A keen golfer, guitarist and traveller, he has worked as translator, art dealer, bespoke furniture designer and international trader. He lives with his wife and three children in Johannesburg, where he runs his own business.