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A man who started out as a Pizza Hut delivery driver now lives a life of luxury after founding a company out of his parents' garage back in 2012.
You might not have heard of Ben Francis, but if you've ever set foot in a gym or exercise class then you've no doubt heard of his £1bn clothing line Gymshark, worn by fitness fanatics, celebs and athleisurewear fans across the globe.
Ben, 30, is now worth £700m and goes on lavish holidays, owns expensive motorbikes and is married to a stunning fitness model – a far cry from his old life delivering pizzas in his home town of Birmingham.
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But his company, headquartered in Solihull, West Midlands, comes from humble beginnings, the Sun reported.
Entrepreneur Ben initially tried to break into the health supplement business, but found it wasn't as lucrative as he had hoped and abandoned the venture.
His eureka moment came when he discovered he couldn't find gym clothes he liked, and decided to make his own, he decided to make his own instead by asking his grandmother to teach him how to sew.
At the time, he was also studying full-time at Aston University in Birmingham while also working his delivery driver job.
He started making a serious profit after putting his clothes on the market, and he dropped out of university to work on Gymshark and two other businesses full-time.
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The brand eventually skyrocketed him to fortune and fame – Gymshark boasts 5.8m followers on Instagram.
But it wasn't all plain sailing from there.
In 2020, a video of Ben snorting cocaine surfaced online, threatening to tank his empire.
The clip, which went viral, showed him and his buddies taking the drug together while giving each other advice on how to take it.
When asked about the footage, he said: "Four years ago, I was a young guy.
"I got caught up in a moment and made a stupid mistake that I massively regret.
"It was a mistake I learned from. I’ll continue to dedicate myself to learning from the people around me and work towards becoming the best version of myself.”
Nowadays, Ben isn't far from that "best version" ideal.
The entrepreneur is married to Canadian fitness model and influencer Robin and the couple spend their spare time on lavish holidays together, regularly posing on the beach in various exotic locations.
The pair first met when Ben asked her to promote Gymshark on her social media page, but it wasn't long before the two mixed business with pleasure and last September they tied the knot.
One year on from their special day, they shared the news that they were expecting twin boys.
The pair don't shy away from splashing their cash, either – on Valentine's Day this year, they spent the evening at the exclusive Coya Mayfair, where a bottle of wine can set you back up to £700.
Ben has a famous passion for motorcycles and even owns one by the legendary Thornton Hundred.
Meanwhile Gymshark's co-founder Lewis Morgan, 30, is worth over £130m and has even been papped in a Rolls Royce.
Recently Gymshark has been sharing the ten-year stories of its followers on Instagram, all with the caption "A lot can happen in ten years" as a way of celebrating the company's first decade in business.
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