Multi-millionaire by 30: Boxing champ Brian Mitchell on staying humble

Multi-millionaire by 30: Boxing champ Brian Mitchell on staying humble

Former South African boxing champion Brian Mitchell shares his inspiring story of achieving wealth at an early age and his advice on staying humble. 

Brian Mitchell

In the latest episode of The Money Podcast, Justin Harrison and Dawie Bester talk to Brian Mitchell - the first South African to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. 

Mitchell was rated the world's best junior-lightweight boxer from 1986 to his retirement in 1991. 

Mitchell shares his experiences of early wealth in boxing, his encounters with other big-name boxers like Mike Tyson, and how he struggled to manage his finances as a celebrity. 

“One of the things I did wrong [with my money] is I did my own thing. I thought I was a big deal. I had millions and I just bought whatever I wanted to.. and half the stuff I bought went pear-shaped, so you need a good financial advisor, you need a good accountant, you need a good lawyer…” 

If you're curious about the life of a famous sports star or want to avoid financial pitfalls in your career, this podcast is a must-listen. 

Meanwhile, in an earlier episode of The Money Podcast, self-made billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Vivian Reddy, said it was an inspiring meeting in 1971 with American astronaut Neil Armstrong - the first person to walk on the Moon in 1969 - that set him on a course to reach for the stars. 

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The Durban-born founder of Edison Power and youngest of nine children shared his views on everything from life in South Africa and religion to money and success. 

“I’m the youngest of nine children. We lived in a very humble place… a three-bedroom house in Greenwood Park and my Dad was a school teacher earning R30 a month. I sometimes think, ‘How did he do it!’” he tells Justin Harrison, adding: “I’ve been through it all but I’ve learned lessons in life.” 

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More about Justin and Dawie:

Justin Harrison and Dawie Bester are two self-made entrepreneurs on a mission to help South Africans become better at money. They're involved in multiple business ventures and share a common passion for financial education, self-improvement and simplicity, and these are the driving force behind all their ventures.

Justin Harrison is the author of eight personal finance books; he’s a serial entrepreneur, investor, wealth creator, popular TikToker and one of South Africa's thought leaders in the financial technology space. He is a passionate South African, father of three and avid sportsman who believes deeply that South Africa is one of the best countries in the world.

Dawie Bester is also a personal finance author, personal finance coach, entrepreneur and investor, and has been on the forefront of the digital finance revolution for the last decade. He's a father of two, an avid sportsman, and believes that South Africans can prosper with the correct motivation and direction.

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