Diana Clement: Never too young to earn

Monday 13 December 2004

A gift of three cows at the age of 10 was the financial eye-opener that set young Kirk Vosper on the path to becoming a millionaire. The youngster, with the help of his father's wisdom, learned how grass munching equalled capital growth and soon he was totting up on paper how much he could make from 10, 20 or even 100 of the beasts.

By The Landlord

It was a catalyst that helped set Vosper, of Grey Lynn, on the path to serial business owning and financial security. Now still at the tender age of 23, Vosper can see the word "millionaire" painted on the wall.

But the money hasn't landed in Vosper's lap, free of effort. While his peers were playing with the latest gadgets or honing their rugby skills, the teenage Vosper was reading his fill of financial books and testing his entrepreneurial skills.

Vosper's first business venture came while still at Tauranga Boys College. With the help of the Young Enterprise Scheme, he and a mate designed a flag, had it manufactured, and bussed to Auckland to sell their product outside a Bledisloe Cup match. The pair went on to sell a refined design in bulk to adorn Mt Maunganui's streets.

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