Man ‘left school at 16 with no grades’ – but now he’s a multi-millionaire

A man who reportedly left school at sixteen with no qualifications is now a successful multi-millionaire who has even considered buying a football club.

Steve Parkins, from Leeds, saw his wealth grow in the midst of the pandemic by a staggering £45 million last year alone – which he puts down to online shopping patterns.

He has been named tenth on Yorkshire's Rich List according to Business Insider, and has partnered with huge household names over the years.

Parkin is said to have started online logistics giant Clipper in 1992 as a 'man with a van' and has since seen his company go from strength to strength, reports Leeds Live.

Now the company's huge warehouses are a common sight alongside motorways, and it counts big names like Marks and Spencer, ASDA and Morrisons among its customers.

This summer, the company reported its turnover had risen by 39.1% to nearly £700 million – while its workforce had grown by 2,000 meaning Parkin's firm then employed 10,000 people.

And soon after it was reported that Parkin had cashed in £2m worth of shares in the company.

Leeds born and bred Parkin is the son of a fishmonger and reportedly left school with no grades, before getting his HGV driving licence.

One of his first jobs was driving for Huddersfield's Bonmarche clothing company, and his company has grown into a multi-million behemoth with bases across the UK and Europe.

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A Leeds Utd fan for more than 50 years, Parkin's company name now graces the team's training kit and he's even said to have thought about buying the club himself twice.

He's also a racing fan and horse race owner, and in 2020 saw his own horse Eagles By Day win the prestigious John Smith's Cup at York – the day after Leeds won promotion to the Premier League.

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