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A Dragon enters the Dragon’s Den – Theo Paphitis

Theo Paphitis is a British immigrant from Greece. He was born on the 24th of September, 1959 in Limassol, Cyprus. He immigrated to England when he was six years of age along with his parents and brother. His millionaire story gradually got crafted in the retail sector and his popularity has its origin in his appearances for the BBC business program “Dragon’s Den”.

His name features in the Sunday Times Rich List, 2008 and currently his assets are worth an estimated 165 million pounds. Theo discovered his passion for retailing and sales when he was working at City of London Insurance broker as a tea boy. He sold commercial mortgages and learned to read the business balance sheets while he was working for Legal & General. At the age of 23, Theo set up his property finance company with his friend and associate, Mark Moran.

He got involved with the NAG Telecom when he noticed the rise of the mobile telephones and also negotiated deals with Ryman stationary stores. He eventually bought the company and his other ventures include Partners and Contessa. Theo is a co-owner of Red Letter Days and is looking forward to buy La Senza, a global lingerie brand. This immigrant millionaire believes in ‘common sense’ and states “There are three reasons to be in business. To make money, to have fun – and to make money”.

Warwick Davis – The Millionaire Dwarf Actor Who Outsized His Stature

Warwick Davis is a vastly gifted actor of British origin whose advent to Hollywood had made America proud in the later years while getting him enlisted amongst the few rich immigrant millionaires.

The only defect that this great spirited man was born with was his dwarfish stature. However, this could not hinder his walk to the elite club of successful millionaires in America. The golden success of this dwarf actor is an exemplary lesson of determination. When you are determined to achieve success, your size does not matter.

Warwick Davis 39 was born on 3rd February, 1970, in Epsom, surrey, England. He crossed the threshold of his native land to prove himself to the world that he has found his way to Hollywood. Everyone had to admit the sprout of talent that was dying to come out of the 3 ft. 9 inches frame of this immigrant millionaire.

The series of successful Hollywood films enacted by this actor that had left an indelible mark on box office are- Star Wars- Episode iv Return Of The Jedi, Harry Porter, Willow, Leprechaun series, The Hitch hacker’s Guide To The Galaxy, The Silver Chair, The Chronicles Of Narnia, Prince Valiant, The White Pony, The 10th Kingdom etc.

In addition to the incredibly high- paying acting career of this immigrant millionaire, his creative talent has given birth to a talent hunt organization called-   Willow Management. This organization supports dwarf actors.  This figure of success inspires all to defy obstacles and make one’s way to far-fetched success with iron determination.

John Arnold Bredenkamp, The Zimbabwean Millionaire Who Made One Billion In America

John Arnold Bredenkamp was a Zimbabwean millionaire who immigrated to America and made himself a successful businessman in the land. The Casalee Group happens to be his foundation. He was born in Kimberley, South Africa and relocated to Rhodesia as a child along with his family.

His education was carried out at the Prince Edward School, Harare. He is of a Dutch lineage and was registered as a citizen of Rhodesia in 1958. It is said that he had lost his Zimbabwean citizenship ‘by default’ in 1984, which was soon restored to him. There has been a persistent confusion regarding his nationality as he possessed South African, Zimbabwean and Dutch passports. He was also the captain of the Rugby Union International, of the team of Rhodesia.  

Following his graduation, Bredenkamp joined Gallaher Limited, an international tobacco company which mainly functioned as a leaf buyer. In the year 1968, he was transferred to Niemeyer, Holland. Here he was promoted as a leaf director. In 1976, he left Gallaher in order to lay the foundation of his own Casalee Group of Companies.

It was registered in Antwerp, Belgium. There were reports that the Casalee operation was involved in the sale of Rhodesian tobacco on the different markets of the world, but it followed a process that evaded the UN sanctions. It was originally a leaf tobacco merchant company that also did some amount of general trading. It founded the mechanism of counter trade and indulged in barter deals too. Within a period of sixteen years, Casalee emerged as the fifth largest tobacco merchant in the world. It is also the largest non-American leaf tobacco company.  

The Casalee Group is indeed a large network of branches that are strewn across Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Greece, India, Russia, Spain and Thailand to name a few. And of course, the American branch in Winston-Salem. In 1993, the company was sold to Universal Leaf Tobacco, the largest leaf tobacco company in the world. This made Bredenkamp think about expanding his business interests to other various areas of interest.

He affected these primarily through the Breco Company registered in Zimbabwe.  Now, the manner in which Bredenkamp got himself involved in the commercial affairs of the country is pretty interesting. During the Bush War, in the 1970s, he was involved in the finances of the Rhodesian armed forces. He used this opportunity to broker the export sales of the Rhodesian products, primarily tobacco. He then used the money generated for the purchase of the military equipments. Though they reportedly busted the UN sanctions, they were not illegal under the Rhodesian law. His transfer of the operations in Belgium contributed to the sustenance of the Zimbabwean economy in the times of crises during the 1980s. He later built a personal fortune of $1billion.