He recently made Forbes’ 30 under 30 list of the most influential entrepreneurs.
And reality star Tommy Mallet of The Only Way Is Essex has opened up about where to find his ‘thirst for money’ despite his dad telling him he would ‘never be anyone’ and was destined to live ‘skint’.
The 28-year-old fashion mogul who has made millions of pounds through his successful shoe company Mallet London appeared on Tuesday night with his pregnant fiancé Georgia Kousoulou on an episode of TOWIE: The Story Of… on IGTV.
Taste of Success: The Only Way Is Essex’s Tommy Mallet revealed he sold candy and drinks at school on an episode of TOWIE: The Story Of… on IGTV on Tuesday nights
In the eight-minute video, the couple shared stories of growing up, their first job and their personal life before reaching fame on the ITV reality program.
Tommy said of his time at school, which gave an early insight into his entrepreneurial spirit: “I went to a Catholic school for boys in Holloway, North London.
‘I went to two different schools because I moved to Essex in eight or nine.
“I didn’t like to listen to teachers, I like to do things my own way – so I made it through school selling drinks, candy and cookies.”
Proud: The 28-year-old fashion mogul has made millions of pounds through his shoe company Mallet London and recently made the Forbes 30 under 30 list of most influential entrepreneurs
Pushing Him: The entrepreneur, who left school due to dyslexia with no qualifications, said he promised his father during an argument that he would be a ‘millionaire’ by the time he was 30
The entrepreneur, who left school due to dyslexia with no qualifications, said he had promised his father during an argument that he would be a “millionaire” by the time he was 30, but was greeted with disbelief.
He recalled, “My dad told me when I left school that I was never going to be someone, and that I was going to turn complexion because I didn’t have grades.
So I told him, in the McDonalds parking lot, when he yelled at me, that I don’t need him, and that I’ll be a millionaire by the time I’m 30.
Hungry: the footwear millionaire admitted it was his three years as a carpenter that gave him his ‘hunger for money’
Fame: He appeared with his pregnant fiancé Georgia Kousoulou as the couple shared stories of growing up and their personal lives before finding fame on the ITV reality program
“Other than that, I was forced to become an architect, but I was the worst you ever met in your life because I didn’t know algebra.”
However, the footwear millionaire admitted that it was his three years of work as a carpenter that gave him his “hunger for money.”
He said: ‘I went to college with [TOWIE star] Charlie Sims, we both went to college together and ended up going down and out, and then I became a laborer and that’s where I found my thirst for money. ‘
Exciting: Tommy becomes a father as he prepares to welcome his first child to Georgia, 29, in May
Tommy is now becoming a father as he prepares to welcome his first child to Georgia, 29, in May.
His proud fiancé celebrated her beauty’s achievement to be on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list of most influential entrepreneurs last month.
Tommy shared a screenshot of the Forbes website on his social media, writing: ‘Honored to be chosen for the Forbes 30 under 30 list !! FORBES LIST YOU KNOW Thank you, Forbes. ‘
Congratulating her partner on his success, the expectant mother said on his Instagram post, “How lucky our baby is, he taught you him and showed the world.”
‘Honored’: The entrepreneur shared a screenshot of the Forbes website on his Instagram in April to announce the news as his proud fiancé celebrated her beauty’s achievement
The fashion mogul’s brand, now believed to be worth £ 2.5 million, earned him a place on the business magazine’s annual ’30 Under 30 ‘list for Europe in the retail and e-commerce category .
His successful designer shoe company, Mallet London, has already racked up £ 11.8 million in sales as of 2020 – with famous fans around the world including Drake, Olly Murs and Will.i.am.
The brand’s tremendous success makes Mr Mallet one of TOWIE’s richest exports, with Mallet London footwear and apparel now sold in more than 150 stores around the world.
Known for their signature metal heel clips, his sneakers retail for around £ 175, while the kids’ shoes cost around £ 135.
Designer: His brand of Mallet London shoes are known for their signature metal heel clips (pictured) and have already made £ 11.8 million in sales as of 2020