While working part-time shifts at a McDonald's in Southampton, England, 19-year-old Robert Mfune earned enough money to buy himself a £130,000 Bentley. Later, he would buy himself a £250,000 fleet of cars—including a Range Rover and another gold-wrapped Bentley continental GT—and his mother a £130,000 house.
No, the fight for 15 is not turning fast-food workers into millionaires just yet, but binary trading apparently is.
When Mfune wasn't slinging French fries and serving Big Macs at the Golden Arches, he was either fetching tea for the bosses at a top financial firm, gleaning all the information he could, or teaching himself the ins and outs of trading from his bedroom. Today, he makes millions.
"Going to college, working at McDonald's and as a tea boy and trading from home was the toughest time of my life," Mfune told the Daily Mail on Tuesday. "It's just like going to uni with the fees you pay and loans you take out, if you're going to make it big you've got to suffer for a few years."
Mfune began trading in his room at 17 with an account set up in his mother's name. Two years later, he makes millions as a businessman, investing in coffee shops and houses in the UK, as well as property in his native South Africa. And though his days at McDonald's are behind him, he keeps his old, yellow uniform framed in his office.
Still, despite all the cars and houses Mfune has acquired before his 20th birthday, he says he's more concerned with providing for his loved ones.
"My goal is to make people happy," he explained.
Even so, Mfune can't help but stunt on the haters from time to time.
"Now that I've got this though, I've got a complete different group of friends," he said. "The people who used to see me at the bottom are the same people who are seeing me at the top so of course they're going to change."