Homeless man who slept on benches and lived on burgers becomes multi-millionaire

A former homeless man who slept on park benches and lived off burgers has become a multi-millionaire and has bought houses for all of his family members.

The self-made millionaire emigrated to the US with nothing but $500 (£367) in his pocket and has now shared his difficult road to success – including sleeping on benches, being homeless and living off cheap food.

Nick Mocuta, 37, grew up in Romania but always dreamed of making a career for himself across the pond in the land of dreams.

Despite knowing very little English at 21-years-old, Mocuta came to Los Angeles with $500 which his grandma gifted him to start a new life.

Unable to find an apartment and having no contacts in the country, the business graduate spent weeks sleeping on benches in public parks and was barely able to buy food.

"The first cab I took to the city cost me about $100 which left me with $400 to myself – it was a culture shock, I will never forget that part," Nick told Jam Press.

"I found myself homeless in LA, slept on benches in the parks and ate on a very tiny budget.

"I’d go to buy a dollar burger at McDonald’s and tell them 'no cheese' so that I wouldn’t get charged extra."

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Over the next few months, Nick was luckily able to secure low-paid jobs and was eventually able to save up enough money for a deposit to rent a tiny flat.

Despite the struggles and slow progression, his career ambitions remained high and eventually, he managed to get himself a real estate broker license.

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Although the hard-worker thought that property would be how he made his fortune, Mocuta started a new venture in 2013 that would change his life forever.

The now 37-year-old started selling items like mobile phones and cases imported from China on eBay and after six months he was making up to $4,000 (£2,936) a month.

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After seeing the success he could make online, he decided to quit his job as a broker to focus on his own business in e-commerce.

Nine years later, he is a US citizen with multiple online stores and has raked in around $40 million (£29 million) in revenue.

Nick said: "I think the reason I am successful is because I was never afraid to lose, just of not trying.

"I’m very perseverant and never give up. I fail seven times, I get up the eighth."

The former homeless man now has a portfolio of 100 flats across the US and Romania, as well as four luxury cars.

He has treated his family members to houses and other goodies – as well as giving back to the community as much as possible.

Nick added: "It is a family business for me, there is nothing better than giving people the financial freedom to quit their job so that they have far more time for their families.

"The happiness on their faces makes me work harder for them."

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