TWO annoying people have revealed how they dropped out of university and worked at a fish and chip shop now worth £40m.
Reiss and Kris Edgerton, aged 30 and 29, were named in Sunday Times Rich List and share the fact that they once came up with the idea on Skype with Ben Francis.
The Birmingham-born businessman is the founder of fitness clothing brand Gymshark, which is valued at over £1 billion in 2020.
But the Edgertons also founded Aybl, a Redditch-based women’s gym clothing brand that’s now worth $10 million, according to this year’s listing.
The brothers revealed that they, and the creator of Gymshark, each made up to £10,000 a month from an internet advertising venture while in college.
Reiss said Time: “We usually go until three in the morning.
“We were 16, 17 years old, but we talked about business strategies, exchanged ideas.”
He said the friends would sit up at night and share business ideas.
“The most important thing for us is to produce functional clothing that fits well at a good price,” said the 30-year-old.
“Our customers need to feel comfortable and confident wearing it. The last thing anyone wants to feel is some guy in the gym trying to create the shape of your panties through your leggings.
“Some women won’t go to the gym because they feel self-conscious about what they’re wearing. I hate that. Exercise should be for anyone – big, small, muscular, skinny or fat.”
He is also open about their upbringing.
Reiss said: “I had a disagreement with my parents and moved in with my grandmother.
“I have one day left to enlist. I signed the oath of allegiance and everything. They weren’t happy when I quit
“Kris is working in a fish and chip shop, making £150 a week.”
Reiss encourages others to follow in his footsteps
“Don’t be afraid to fail,” he said. When you reach the age of 20 or 21, something happens and you think, ‘I really want to make something for myself.’
“I broke off a few friends. You need a group of like-minded friends to move forward together.”