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From pizza delivery boy to Britain’s youngest billionaire

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Ben Francis was born on June 4, 1992, in Worcestershire, England.

From an early age, he had a keen interest in computers.

While attending university, Ben worked part-time at Pizza Hut, earning $5 an hour.

Passionate about fitness and eager to create something of his own, Ben began making fitnesswear in his parents’ garage.

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Little did he know that this humble beginning would pave the way for Gymshark’s incredible success.

Ben envisioned Gymshark as the UK’s answer to Nike and Adidas.

He launched the Gymshark website in 2011 during his time as a 19-year-old student at Aston University in Birmingham.

Combining his love for technology and fitness, Ben created a series of fitness websites for fun.

The shift from drop shipping supplements to manufacturing clothes happened spontaneously.

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Ben and his friend Lewis Morgan recognized a gap in the market for well-fitting and stylish gymwear.

Determined to fill this void, they decided to create their own line of fitnesswear.

Leveraging the sewing skills of his mother and grandmother, Ben learned the basics watching YouTube.

He collaborated with a local screen printer to bring Gymshark’s fitnesswear to life.

In 2012, Gymshark was officially incorporated, with Lewis Morgan as a co-founder.

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A major turning point for Gymshark occurred in 2014 at the Bodypower Expo in Birmingham.

Ben invited popular fitness YouTubers to join them, unknowingly tapping into the power of influencer marketing.

The brand gained significant traction, propelling Gymshark’s growth.

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Ben’s decision to drop out of college and focus on Gymshark was a difficult one because he was the first person in his family to attend college.

However, with consistent revenue and unwavering support from his parents, Ben took the leap, which accelerated Gymshark’s growth.

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Even amid the challenges of the pandemic, Gymshark thrived as an exclusively online business.

While brick-and-mortar stores faced closures, people embraced home workouts, driving sales for Gymshark.

In 2020, Gymshark’s revenue surged by 58%, surpassing half a billion dollars.

Ben believed Gymshark’s ability to connect with consumers personally through influencer partnerships and digital fitness communities gave them an advantage.

The pandemic accelerated trends such as home workouts and sustainability, which Gymshark readily embraced.

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In 2020, General Atlantic recognized Gymshark’s potential and acquired a 21% stake in the company.

The deal valued Gymshark at over $1 billion, making it one of the few British unicorns without prior external investment.

Ben Francis, with a 70% stake, neared billionaire status.

Ben Francis’s story is a testament to the power of passion, dedication, and embracing opportunities.

From a young student working at Pizza Hut to the CEO of a billion-dollar company, Ben’s journey is an inspiration to entrepreneurs and dreamers alike.

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Society Why Sir Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu Remains An Epitome Of Grace At 88

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Born on October 24, 1935, into a humble family, Sir Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu CON, KJW, FISM is the Odole-Oodua, Balogun of Remoland and the founder of Premier Lotto, the company many now know as Baba Ijebu.

But this is not the most interesting thing about the man whose gaming company offers lotto services and betting in Nigeria and has become Nigeria’s most popular and oldest gaming company since it was registered in 2001.

Baba Ijebu as a name has become synonymous with betting in Nigeria, and like homonyms, Chief Kessington Adebutu’s moniker has many other meanings. To the millions of Nigerians who have benefitted from his generosity and goodness of heart, Adebutu is the man of courage who meets people at the point of their need without prejudice.

Long before philanthropy and humanitarian acts became ‘sexy’ and the PR go-to for every average millionaire, the revered industrialist and astute businessman had begun to cater for the less privileged, while also supporting indigent students and hospital patients who had no means to help themselves. He did this all through his Kessington Adebukola Adebutu Foundation.

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Today, by whatever yardstick you choose to measure, Baba Ijebu numbers among Nigeria’s leading philanthropists whose benevolence has spanned over decades. His path to philanthropy can be traced back to his days as a young student thirsty for knowledge.

From Ijero Baptist School, Apapa Road, Ebute-Meta in Lagos where he had his primary education, he was admitted into Baptist Academy, Lagos, for his secondary education in 1951. He eventually completed his secondary education at Remo Secondary School (ESS), Sagamu, Ogun state in 1955, topping his class in the School Leaving Certificate Examination.

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His brilliant educational background, no doubt, is a precursor to his love for education, and can be proven by his countless philanthropic gestures to scores of educational institutions and citadels of learnings across the country.
His principle that an educated and healthy soul can never be hungry was the drive behind the establishment of the foundation and he has maintained that drive since.

According to calculatable statistics, his charity foundation spends an average of N150 million monthly on humanitarian activities, and through this, his business continues to touch lives against odds.

As a true philanthropist, Sir Kessington Adebutu does not discriminate in his charitable deeds. He is kind-hearted, socially responsible and continually uses his wealth for human capital development.

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This generosity and enviable works earned him titles like ‘Babalaje of Lagos’, and the ‘Asoju Oba of Lagos’.
In October 2015, Chief Kessington Adebutu was decorated with a honorary title of Doctor of Business Administration by the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), for his invaluable contribution to the nation’s economy.

At 88, Baba Ijebu has shown no signs of stopping or resting on past laurels. This is probably why successive governments are constantly seeking his good graces in recognition of his matchless support to the populace.

Sir Kessigngton Adebutu is also the epitome of grace, he is the model of a man who has achieved excellence through the sweat of his brow. He has been named great because of his defiance against all forms of evil, staying true to his vision to offer assistance to every needy person he can, even in the midst of despair and harsh economic realities.

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Not one to surrender, it is no wonder that at this 88th birthday, people of influence all over the world have chosen to celebrate him massively.
Fear they say makes a man stingy, but courageous is the one who gives and keeps on giving despite the odds. Baba Ijebu has stood for decades as a symbol of the true spirit of the Ijebus of Ogun State, and it is the hope of many that his legacy lives on forever.

Source: societyreporters.com

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Woman who slept with 300 men in one year loses ‘corporate’ job

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A 26-year-old Australian woman, Annie Knight, has reportedly lost her corporate job after her work discovered her secret OnlyFans account.

According to DailyMail, she shared her experience on SBS’ Insight on Tuesday, saying she was shocked she was dismissed from a corporate role.

Knight, who claims to be in the top 0.4 per cent of creators on OnlyFans, said she did have apprehensions when she first ventured into the platform but didn’t think she would lose her job.

“Yes, that was definitely my number one concern when I first started my account. And the last thing I wanted to do was to get fired if someone found my OnlyFans,” she shared.

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Unfortunately for Knight, these fears materialised a few years down the line.

“I had just started a new job. I was on day five, and I actually went home sick that day, and I received an email saying termination of contract,” she explained.

The email contained screenshots from her OnlyFans account, along with three reasons for her dismissal.

The reasons cited included allegations she falsely claimed having a side business, did not seek the company’s permission to run this side venture and shared ‘online pornographic images’ of herself with ‘crude language’.

The company said they deemed it unacceptable.

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Asked if she contested this decision, Knight responded, ‘I did, only because by day five I hated the job so much that I wasn’t going to fight the ruling. But I was definitely very upset and very angry at the decision.’

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The former marketing manager started her OnlyFans in September 2020, in a bid to save money to buy a house but had never expected it to become so lucrative so quickly.

Within a month Annabelle made thousands, and continued to use it for the next 18 months as a side project to her full-time job, averaging $1,794-a-month.

She now makes around $969 a day sharing saucy photos of herself online.

“I am pleased to [have been fired] an extent, I’m a lot happier now and have a lot more freedom,’ Annabelle told Jam Press.

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“I’m earning a considerable amount more now than I was at the other job.’

Earlier this year, Annie appeared on The Kyle and Jackie O Show to discuss her X-rated antics, and boasted of sleeping with 300 men and women in the span of a single year.

“I’m down to try anything,’ she said, confirming she does ‘pretty much everything’ on her OnlyFans account.

Annie confessed to bedding five different people in one day, explaining she finds men on dating apps and also has a roster of ‘regulars’ she romps with.

“I feel empowered afterwards,’ she said. ‘Sex makes me feel good. It’s meant to make you feel good.”

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The beauty went on to tell a story about sleeping with an incredibly well-endowed man ‘who was quite girthy’.

Taking things even further, Annie boasted about having sex ‘under a restaurant table’ while out on a date.

‘We’d finished dinner and were up to dessert,’ she said cheekily.

She also said sometimes when she’s out in public she ‘can’t wait’ to have sex and will have to drag a lover to the bathroom to take care of things.

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‘Late Alaafin’s Estranged Wife Flirts’ With Portable Amidst Dating Rumours

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Queen Damilola, the estranged wife of the late Alaafin of Oyo, has fuelled more dating talks with Nigerian singer, Portable.

media reports that this comes amidst rumours that Dami, who was banned from returning to the palace after the death of Oba Adeyemi, is in a romantic relationship with the ‘Zazoo’ crooner.

Although the duo have been silent about the speculations but a check on their Instagram pages shows how they both expressed love to each other at different times in the comment section.

Portable and the Alaafin’s ‘runaway wife’ also referred to each other as king and queen alongside a series of love emojis.

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