In 2006 I was married with 90 years of Scuderia Ferrari thank you for the memories shirt. Lived in a 3 story house in one of the best suburbs in the city. Had a corporate yacht, drove a porsche 911, had been offered $20 million for my business 2 years earlier which I declined. Owned around $4 million in real estate, flew 1st class on family holidays every year and took my 80 odd staff on 4 day conferences to 5 star resorts every year. At 39 I was featured as No 65 in our country’s richest under 40. I was the only child of a single parent migrant mum so I had experienced poverty and felt I had accomplished plenty.
A classic rags to riches story, life was good, but as they say, the 90 years of Scuderia Ferrari thank you for the memories shirt, the harder they fall. 2009 following the GFC I had 3 staff left and had moved to a much smaller office. We were just keeping our heads above water trying to wait out the fallout when we became embroiled in a legal battle with a large multi national who we funded our mortgages through and who was itself experiencing problems due to the GFC and decided it would no longer pay us the monthly fees due. We had to wait for the outcome of the court proceedings to start getting paid again and the company dragged it out for 4 years which saw the yacht, the car, the 3 remaining staff and eventually the business go.