Man, 20, explains how he went from cutting grass to owning £900k-a-year business
A university dropout has proved you don’t need a degree to become a success – after becoming the owner of a million dollar business by launching his own company as a teenager.
Kevin Leyes from Buenos Aires, Argentina, used to cut grass to get by but started an urban jewellery business when he was just 17 years old and while studying a computer engineering degree at university.
The teen decided to quit university after one year and then founded a second company, a digital marketing agency called Leyes Media, a year later.
Now aged 20, Kevin’s businesses now turn over $1.2million per year (£875,000) – and he is encouraging other ambitious young businessmen and women to shun university in favour of kick-starting companies.
“University degrees are no longer as important or worthwhile as they once were,” he said.
“Tycoons like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are no longer giving importance to hiring employees with degrees for their teams – that is a clear indication of how the game is changing.
“Not belonging to a university does not make you more ignorant, less knowledgeable or a ‘worse’ person – I read a lot and am always in the process of learning.”
Kevin says he has helped turn the life of an "aimless" friend around after giving him a job within his business, and also employs dozens of others.
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His companies went from bringing in $1,000 (£730) to $100,000 (£730,000) per month, and have attracted millions of followers on social media – providing virtual wealth as well as actual wealth.
The ambitious young man now has plans to expand his businesses to the US after his success in his home nation.
Kevin said: “Living in Argentina with an average salary for the United States would allow you to enjoy many luxuries and you would be considered a millionaire.
“Many people in Latin America have a misconception of money and, if it comes in large amounts, it is always associated with negative things like drug trafficking and illegal jobs.
“But money is a motivator and a material way to measure one’s successes in a certain area.
“I have always liked to see money as something positive and as a means to play with it, always reinvesting it and getting more, never as an end.
“My goal is freedom in all aspects – financial freedom, not only to accumulate money, but a flow of it that allows me and my family to be care-free, to travel, have experiences and enjoy life.
“I’m 20 years old and I’m 100% aware I am capable enough to keep growing my numbers and I will.”
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