Introduction to Barry Murphy, the man who used the proceeds of the sale of his own home to improve the world we live in

Barry left the education system at 14 years of age, and went on to train as a motor mechanic. By the time he reached his mid thirties, he had made his first million, which he used to look after the needs of others, to the best of his ability. Despite owning and operating several businesses in different countries, he also continuously ran the leather business, over the past 30 years, until his retirement at the end of 2018, when his eldest son took over..

In January 2019, Barry sold his own home to finance Hogo Global, because he felt so passionate about the inequality in the world, that he wanted to do something about it.

Here is an interview with Barry.

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I often question my own sanity, and so do many others around me…

When those who are close to me see me selling my own home and using the funds to financially support the Hogo projects, they are convinced I’m mad, and they could very well be right! There are times I question my own sanity, but thank God, these times are not very often. I suppose it’s good to question yourself now and again, as long as you don’t do too much of it. Maybe I’m writing this to convince myself more than anyone else that I’m right, but here are the reasons I took on the Hogo projects, and why I’m so passionate about them.

Last Christmas, at the age of 54, I exited the leather business after 27 years, and handed control over to my eldest son. While I was very happy to leave the business behind me for various good reasons, I didn’t exactly have pockets full of cash, which was mainly due to the greed of a couple of people – but that doesn’t bother me at all. As a matter of fact, their greed inspired me to create Hogo Dignity Wage in the first place.

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