Although he is only 12, James Harries has his own antiques business and a flower shop. "James has a good eye for a bargain," says his mother.

"He was only 8 when he bought this nice piece for 5p." She points to a china statuette worth £4,000. "James gets most of his stock of antiques from jumble sales. Last year he bought a necklace for 10p which turned out to be valuable. He sold it for £8,000."

James didn't get on at school so his parents hired a private tutor. "Other children think I am strange because I earn  my own living and I don't want to call in their games."

James explains the success of his flower shop: "My prices have risen less than those of my competitors this year. Also I've got a special offer for wedding parties. I give them a Rolls-Royce for the day if they spend more than £100 on flowers. My employees don't particularly like working for a 12-year-old, but I pay their wages so they can't complain!!"

With his high income, James could afford many luxuries, but he prefers to save his money. "I put aside as much as I can. I have a lot of plans for the future and I will need to be rich to carry them out."


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