Millionaire Kevin Green tells business leaders in Swansea success is journey not destination
SELF-MADE millionaire Kevin Green has told business leaders in Swansea success is the journey and not the destination.
The former star of Channel Four show, The Secret Millionaire, was guest speaker at the South Wales Evening Post and Swansea Bay Business Life Business of the Year awards.
The event at the city's Marriott hotel saw Swansea construction firm Dawnus receive the top title and Save Britain Money Group and Cambrian Pet Foods being highly commended.
Mr Green spoke after the final awards were presented and shared video footage of his appearance as the Secret Millionaire.
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The father-of-three made his millions in property and now runs a business which manages more than 650 houses with the majority in Wales.
He is also an ambassador for the Make a Wish Foundation which tries to grant the wishes of children and young people aged between three and 17 living with life threatening illnesses.
Mr Green started out in his family's agricultural business and said: "I am just a dairy farmer who has done ok and worked damn hard.
"There is something which links us as entrepreneurs, you can see how knackered we look.
"I've been without money so I value it, when people say they don't do things for money they are telling fibs.
"I was blown away by all the contenders for this year's awards, we have got something very special here."
The millionaire was himself once homeless and lived on the streets in Yeovil for six months in 1984 before going back to agricultural college.
He added: "For me, business was always a good thing, I loved it because I failed in school.
"I didn't realise until later years that I was dyslexic."
Mr Green told the audience he had always wanted to be a millionaire ever since he was a small child.
His property empire began by buying houses, making improvements and selling them on.
He said: "I quite liked the idea of making money with something I controlled.
"It is typical of entrepreneurs, we are all control freaks.
"Human resources management is something I find very difficult to learn."
Mr Green said he was a strong believer in giving away shares of profits to employees in his business.
He added: "When you have that the value of your business goes up because they (the staff) are making more profits for you.
"I think it is a win win situation."
Looking back on his career, the entrepreneur said: "We have got 652 houses, mostly in Wales, and what is important is not the number of houses but the money coming off them.
"In a lot of businesses if you keep things simple and straight forward it tends to work well.
"Success is the journey not the destination."