Meet the 15-year-old who has already earned £30,000 after starting his first business aged 12
An inspiring 15-year-old boy has already earned enough money to pay his university fees before he has even done his GCSEs.
Mohammed Ali, who is known as Ali, designed a video game after teaching himself code from YouTube videos and coding books when he was 12 and has earned approximately £30,000 since.
The entrepreneur from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, said: “I was shocked as I only released the game as a project that would teach me more on programming.”
Ali made a video game called Project 2006 that has a paid for subscription and received more than 3,000 members from around the world within a few months. This meant he could employ a small marketing team.
In 2013 he then set up a company called Flaming Sites, building websites.
The Batley Grammar School pupil added: “This did really well as it was making me more than £600 per website, this was all when I had tons of homework to do.”
Ali said he felt like spending his money straight away but then decided to save it so he could pay his way through university. He has set his sights on the UK’s two top universities – Oxford or Cambridge.
He is now working on a financial app and has a team based in London – where he travels for meetings around his school work.
Ali said: “My inspiration to start a business was Bill Gates. He used technology to end polio. I want to do the same. I want to end poverty.
“I want to share my story because I believe that age is just a number. I want people to know that there is nothing that should stop you from becoming successful.
“Self belief did help me as I received a lot of hate on social media and in real life. People were trying to belittle me, I ignored them and used them as motivation.
“My entrepreneurial spirit derives from me having a big interest in running a school from a young age. I wanted to become a leader. But as I was only young, I looked into game development. But this has taken me very far.”
Ali, one of mum Nadia and dad Nisar’s three children, has also been very generous to his family with his success.
Nadia said: “He’s always in his room and always working hard. In the last four or five years he never asks for money. When I go shopping he offers me his card. He also helped make over our living room and paid for a professional painter.
“We are very proud of him.”