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ONE man who dreams big is Alfie Best, a self-made millionaire and the wealthiest Romany gypsy in the UK.
Best wants to become the first billionaire gypsy in British history but who is he and how much is he worth?
Who is Alfie Best?
Alfie Best describes himself as an “old-school, blood and blisters businessman”.
He did not start his life in immense wealth and was born into a Romani gypsy family.
Alfie was born in a caravan beside a road near Leicester on April 12, 1970.
By the age of 10 he had started working and was selling Tarmac door-to-door with his dad.
At 17, he was a car dealer and moved onto vans before starting to sell mobile phones.
Alfie now chairman of Wyldecrest Parks – the largest holiday and residential park company in Europe.
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The company has 16,000 residents on 91 sites in the UK, Europe and the US and employs 380 people.
On top of his holiday property empire, Alfie is also the owner of non-league East Thurrock United, which he bought when the semi-pro football club ran into financial trouble during Covid.
He said: “As a gypsy I had no choice but to start from the ground up with virtually nothing in the bank and not much more in my back pocket.
“I took note of the wise words of the great American businessman Warren Buffett who famously said, ‘An idiot with a plan can beat a genius without a plan’."
And in 2021 he released his first autobiographical book, Can Anyone Build A Property Empire? Yes!.
The same year Alfie also starred in the ITV series Undercover Big Boss.
What is Alfie Best's net worth?
Alfie’s empire is now worth about £1.2billion and he has an estimated person worth of more than £341million as of 2020.
He lives in a £6million mansion in leafy Surrey, counting an Arab sheikh and Queen rock star Brian May as neighbours.
But the businessman also has an eight-bedroom holiday villa in Barbados worth £5.4million – just three doors from Sir Cliff Richard’s Caribbean bolthole.
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And he owns a flurry of supercars, including a a £1.6million Bugatti Veyron, a £275,000 Ferrari F8 Spider S-A, and a convertible Roller worth a quarter of a million.
Alfie was named the 450th richest person in Britain in The Sunday Times Rich List in 2019 before being bumped up to 382nd place the following year.
And the entrepreneur shows no signs of stopping, with Alfie hoping to become the world's first gypsy billionaire.
Who is Alfie Best's wife?
Alfie is happily married to his second wife Emily Jane Bruce.
Little is known about her, or Alfie's first wife Rachel.
But Emily is said to have encouraged her husband to use his knowledge of growing up in caravans to buy a £1.7million mobile home park.
Does Alfie Best have children?
Alfie has two children – Elizabeth and Alfie Junior.
His son starred alongside him in Channel 4 reality show My Big Fat Gypsy Fortune.
The 24-year-old, who is heir to the family fortune, also featured in ITV's Absolutely Ascot.
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He now regularly shares snaps of his expensive cars and luxury lifestyle with his 110,000 Instagram followers.
Meanwhile, Alfie's son-in-law Matthew Newland attacked him with a machete in a car park in 2016.
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