My first million: Kim Kaewkraikhot

Kim Kaewkraikhot and her partner Martin Stead, joint owners of the Chaophraya group of Thai restaurants, in their restaurant in Leeds, the first restaurant Kim opened.
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Thai restaurateur left school at 8

03/06/14. MONEY FT : MY FIRST MILLION. JAMES TAGG, INVENTOR OF THE FIRST TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY & FOUNDER OF TRUPHONE PHOTOGRAPHED AT HIS HOME IN SEVENOAKS, KENT. CREDIT: DANIEL LYNCH. 07941 594 556. www.lynchpix.co.uk
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My First Million: James Tagg

James Tagg has managed to make his inventions pay

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Darren Jack/REX (1306863a) Oliver Townend with Ashdale Cruise Master (Grey) and Master Rose Oliver Townend at his stables in Shropshire, Britain - Apr 2011
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My First Million: Oliver Townend

International eventer bought his own farm at 25

My First Million: Biz Stone

At 25, Twitter co-founder was heavily in debt and living at home

Scrappers

My First Million: Terry Walker

TV scrap king who was expelled from school

MY FIRST MILLION Richard Downs who built Iglu into the UK's largest independent ski and cruise agency. Credit: David Parry/ FT
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My First Million: Richard Downs

Tycoon qualified as a civil engineer, but set up a travel business

Picture by Jon Super for the Financial Times newspaper. Picture shows Michael Oliver founder of Oliver Valves engineering company with his collection of cars motorbikes, engines and planes, Knutsford, England, Friday March 11, 2011. (Photo/Jon Super)
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Michael Oliver: I started as an apprentice

Valve business started from scratch now turns over nearly £100m

Neville Williams.Birmingham.23/04/14. Financial Times Poundland founder Steve Smith pictured at home in Romsley, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire.
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Poundland founder: I was brought up to work hard

If I can save customers money, I feel I am achieving something

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My First Million: Rowan Gormley, wine retailer

Online wine retailer believes makers and drinkers are ripped off

James Freedman of Zone. For My First Million, FT Money.
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My First Million: James Freedman, Zone

James Freedman realised that football clubs could be brands

My First Million: Ian Bell, cricketer

Ian Bell says cricketers are ‘well looked after’ financially

Vashi Dominguez, online jeweller

Diamond expert now has one of the top 100 businesses in Europe

My First Million: David Moore, restaurateur

David Moore’s restaurant business survived a catastrophic fire

My First Million: Zeev Aram, Aram stores

Designer furniture pioneer on value before price

Peaks and troughs at Mountain Warehouse

Retailer close to £90m turnover, says founder Mark Neale

My First Million: Derek Coates, Healthspan

Founder of Healthspan group made his first million in marketing

My First Million: Peter Usborne, publisher

Usborne Publishing founder sees his job as an extension of fatherhood

Travels with Trunki

Children’s luggage designer Rob Law

Happy endings after drama and crisis

Novelist Lucinda Riley did not expect to achieve success

Where success is in the bag

Julie Deane on the growth of Cambridge Satchel

ABOUT MY FIRST MILLION

We interview people who have made a million pounds or are well on their way towards making a million and ask them how they have made it to where they are today. From the first jobs they did to the most expensive item they have ever bought we ask the questions you want to know the answers to.

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