I failed school & was so skint I had ‘Nick’ trainers… now I'm the Alan Sugar of property & flog mansions to billionaires | The Sun
HE’S the 'Essex boy' who went from leaving school without a single GCSE and flogging double-glazing to selling mega mansions to the rich and famous.
Daniel McPeake, 48, heads up the UK arm of one of the world’s fastest-growing elite real estate companies.
And he’s been dubbed the 'Alan Sugar of property' ahead of starring in a new BBC Two reality show Crazy Rich Agents, in which he puts wannabe high-end estate agents through their paces, teaching them what it takes to be successful.
It’s a far cry from Daniel’s humble beginnings growing up in tower block in Woodford, East London, where his struggling single mum worked multiple jobs to keep the family afloat.
He tells The Sun: “Life was tough but not in a way where I thought, ‘This is horrible,’ because I knew no different.
“I accepted it and it encouraged me to work even harder so I could change things in my life and make it different for my kids in the future.
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“I would love to be the next Alan Sugar. I think he’s a genius, loaded and someone I look up to. I see the same determination he had racing around selling car aerial radios in myself.”
Daniel – the UK Director for Nest Seekers International, whose most successful agents rake in a whopping £6.3million a year – left school at 15.
He struggled academically due to being dyslexic and believes “tough teaching methods” back then didn’t help his self-confidence.
He says: “In the late Seventies and early Eighties, you literally had a chalkboard eraser threw at you if you couldn’t spell and so for me that was pretty much all of the time.
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