How teenage trader went from McDonalds to make millions

Picked up tips while working as a tea-boy

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How teenage trader made millions

A teenager has made more than £1 million by trading from his bedroom while working shifts at McDonalds.

Robert Mfune moved from South Africa to Southampton at the age of 16 in 2009. And he was just 16 when he started working part-time both at McDonalds and at a finance firm, where he fetched tea for the binary traders.

He kept his eyes open, picking up tips, and starting trading for himself at the age of 17, using an account set up in his mother's name. When he turned 18, he set up his own account - and by the time he took his A-levels, he'd made his first million.

"When I was a tea boy I got to learn a few things as I was always with well informed people, from the things I learnt I went home and did my own research," he says.

How teenage trader went from McDonalds to make millions

"It was a part time job but I always see everything I do as an opportunity to keep learning."

With his profits, Mr Mfune set up a string of coffee shops in the UK and south Africa, and has bought his mother a £130,000 house and a car.

He also bought himself a £130,000 car.

"When I was 18, I got a Bentley but when I was 19 I decided to get it wrapped in a gold body kit. I was going to get a different car every year but I thought why not just change my Bentley," he says.

"I sent it to Kream Developments who gave it a custom body kit and wrapped it in gold. No-one has got this, it's the only one in the country."

How teenage trader went from McDonalds to make millions

As you might imagine, Robert's mother, Susan, says she's very proud of her son.

But, she says, "I don't like his new car though. It's too flashy, maybe I'm old fashioned but I just thought why would you paint it gold? The silver was already good. But if it was me, I wouldn't buy it."

He also owns a Bentley continental GT, Range Rover and VW Polo, and says he's spent around £250,000 on cars.

"I'm not really materialistic though, it's fun, it's nice to have nice cars but I don't value them as much as people who see me driving a gold car. It's just a bonus, I'm more about family, friendship and love," he says.

"My goal is to make is to make people happy. I'd like to make sure everyone has got what they need and that's me done. Then one day I can retire into the caves, build a house in the caves or something. Once that's done, then I think I've achieved my purpose."

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