AN ENTREPRENEUR who dropped out of university after failing in school made himself a millionaire by 23 with business-savvy ideas.
But his life now is worlds away from his childhood in Plymouth, Devon.
“I was pretty much the only black kid in an all-white school,” Bartlett recalled in an interview with The Sunday Times.
“I was relaxing my hair so that it’s straight, trying to be as white as I possibly could at that age because I didn’t really understand what it was to be different.”
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And his attention was focused elsewhere.
“By age 16, I was running pretty much all the school trips in my year group and I would take a cut of the money and give the rest to my school,” he told GQ.
“I was doing all of our school parties. Then I started launching businesses on the internet at about 16 or 17.”
In a bid to change his life after school he enrolled on a marketing course at Manchester Metropolitan but dropped out after just one lecture.
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He then picked up a few marketing gigs before co-founding
Social Chain, a social media agency.
By the time it went public, the company was valued at £200million.
The Mancunian now runs several companies and has also published a book – Happy Sexy Millionaire: Unexpected Truths about Fulfilment, Love and Success.
His podcast, The Diary of a CEO, regularly tops listener number charts.
According to Forbes magazine, the entrepreneur was valued at £71million when he was just 26 years old.