Brit-Pakistani Slumdog kid now worth 60 million poundsJanuary 27th, 2009 - 3:21 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan.27 (ANI): Mo Chaudry shared his childhood home with livestock in a village that had no electricity.
Now Chaudry, a 48-year-old entrepreneur, is worth 60 million pounds, reports The Sun.
Mo says he started life in a similar humble background near Rawalpindi, in rural Pakistan, before moving with his family to Britain.
He made his money in financial services and high profile ventures which included taking over a failing water park in Stoke and turning it into a huge attraction.
The man behind Water World recently appeared on Channel 4s The Secret Millionaire, where he dished out money to worthy causes and this was on top of the work he regularly does for charity.
Mos home is a sprawling, detached pile in the Staffordshire countryside. Yet the village where he spent his early years is so undeveloped it only got mains power in 1999.
Our house was a semi-mud property which we shared with animals and my early life was very poor, but happy. There was hardly any employment, just people trying to eke out a semi-existence from the land, but the whole village was your family, Mo recalls.
At the age of eight he took his first journey, along with his parents and older brother, to Britain.
His father Iqbal, a champion weightlifter, had made the passage to England six years earlier and returned to collect his family.
Mo says: I remember getting off the aeroplane, looking round and thinking What Godforsaken place have I come to?
There was white stuff falling out of the sky. Id never seen it before and it all looked grim.
The Chaudrys settled in Luton, in a small terraced house.
Mo says: I never really saw our poverty just the transformation of life. My dad worked long hours in a brick factory and my mother was a typical housewife. Life was OK until I started school.
Unable to speak English and looking different to his fellow pupils, an avalanche of cruel bullying began.
Mo recalls: I was the only Asian in the school and straightaway I was singled out for bullying. Lads mocked the way I looked, the way I tried to speak, everything. I really struggled to cope but there was no one to turn to. The only thing that worked was learning English and being able to answer back. He says: It was incredible. Once I picked up English all the bullying stopped.
I found it astounding and it really made me believe that racism isnt about colour, it is about communication. Once I could communicate there was no problem.
At the same time Mos family were starting to do well.
His father began a mini-supermarket business and the family moved to a bigger home in Telford, Shropshire, where Mo won a place at grammar school.
It should have set him on the road to success, but by then Mo was determined to have fun to make up for lost time. He passed one O-level.
Then Mos dads business failed. Mo says: We went from a nice lifestyle to a small, mid-terrace, two-up, two-down property that had an outside toilet. Things were bad but I saw my dad pick himself up and try another business. Honour
He never gave up and ended up how he had begun, working in a factory.
The most important lesson I learnt from him was that, despite his failure at business, he worked relentlessly and repaid every penny he had borrowed from friends he said it was a matter of honour.
Mo subsequently did pass his exams and went on to do a sports science degree. He loves weightlifting and was a student champ.
He met his wife Ann while working as a bouncer at a nightclub.
Mo took a job cold-calling financial services and loved the challenge of winning people over. He made 8,000 pounds in his first year, ten months later he was making nearly 50,000 pounds. Mo adds: Making my first million was the best feeling, I was so proud. Others came along but making that first one means the most to me.
A loving dad of three girls, he says young people need positive role models. (ANI)
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