When Matt Hancock gave his first interview about his career divergence with an aide, pundits might have expected a veteran broadcaster to provide the grill.
But instead of the likes of Emily Maitlis or Laura Kuenssberg, the former health minister this week made his personal decision Scandal for Steven Bartlett, about the 29-year-old businessman Diary of a CEO audio file.
In just ten years, Bartlett has gone from a penniless college dropout to a podcaster, TV star, and chart-topping millionaire tycoon.
The youngest of four children, Bartlett was born in Botswana, to a Nigerian mother who dropped out of school at the age of seven and a British father who is a structural engineer and is “very, very smart”, he said. . GuardiansCulture reporter Nadia Khomami.
The family moved to Plymouth, Devon, where they “struggled financially” and as a multiracial family in a predominantly white area, faced racial abuse and attacks including including burning their car.
Bartlett recalled in a recent interview with Sunday Times‘Rosie Kinchen. “I let my hair down to straighten it, trying to keep it as white as possible at that age because I don’t really understand what the difference is.”
Unlike his siblings, Bartlett did not excel at school. According to Kinchen, “It’s not that he messes up, it’s just that he doesn’t care. He doesn’t give homework. Quite often, he doesn’t go to school at all. “
But “he was starting to realize that he had other skills,” she added.
“By the time I was 16, I had done quite a few school trips in my group of five and I would take a cut and give the rest to my school,” he said. GQ last year. “I went to all the school parties. Then I started an internet business around 16 or 17 years old.”
Millionaire by 23
Bartlett enrolled to study business management at Manchester Metropolitan University, but dropped out after just one lecture. He looked around the room of hungover students and “realized that this was not going to get me where I needed to be,” he told The Guardian’s Khomami.
Instead, he founded Social Chain, a social media content and marketing company aimed at millennials, which he built from his Manchester bedroom. By the age of 23, Bartlett was already a millionaire.
Social Chain currently has a market value of around $600 million (£450 million) and Bartlett has an estimated value of £50 million.
Bartlett left the company in 2020 to pursue opportunities in blockchain and biotechnology, and has since launched two other businesses: a Web3 technology platform called thirdweb and a consulting firm marketing Flight Story, which recently acquired a PR firm whose clients include dating apps Tinder and Hinge.
Podcasts topped the charts
Bartlett launched podcast based on interview in 2017. Along with Hancock, his guests included Rio Ferdinand, former One Direction member, Liam Payne, David Gandy and Jimmy Carr.
Despite the “recipe”, Bartlett’s podcast is a “cold rock”, says walkie talkiereport that Diary of a CEO brought in an estimated £1.2 million in revenue last year. Much of this income is widely reported to come from lucrative contracts with meal replacement company Huel (of which Bartlett is a non-executive director), freelancer platform Fiverr and energy product maker Myenergi regeneration.
An episode with the former Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague, now one of Britain’s biggest social media influencers, went viral in January. Hague was criticized for his “crude” comments and “deaf tone” about inequality between rich and poor, The Independent reported, after a YouTube Clips of the interview were shared on Twitter.
Former minister Hancock said he chose to tell his story to Bartlett because of his ability to “get people really honest about themselves”. Hancock added that he was “absolutely absorbed” in Diary of a CEOwhich MP Tory describes as “one of the most self-aware podcasts I’ve heard”.
But Hancock’s podcast appearance was mocked on social media, with accusations that the politician was trying to project an image of “nasty children”.
Novara Media journalist Ash Sarkar writes: “I am not the usual disgraced former minister, I am a wonderfully disgraced former minister. tweeted jibe.
Youngest Dragon Ever
Bartlett joins investor panel on BBC series Dragon’s Cave last year – about a decade after he applied to be a contestant unsuccessfully. He is the youngest investor, aka “Dragon”, in the show’s history and feels “responsible for never having a young, Black Dragon appear on the show”, he told The Guardian’s Khomami.
In March 2021, Bartlett also published a memoir, Happy Sexy Millionaire: The surprising truth about fulfillment, love and success. In the Sunday Times bestseller, he says he “became a happy sexy millionaire when I realized that striving to be a happy sexy millionaire was one of my opportunities.” biggest stop me from becoming a millionaire.”
https://www.theweek.co.uk/people/955944/steven-bartlett-profile Steven Bartlett: dropped out of school to become a millionaire podcast host