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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Q. Why did you decide to leave the leather business behind at 53 years of age Barry?

A. Twenty seven years was plenty of it. Some great times, some hard times, but enough was enough. The truth is that I noticed a few very serious problems with the world, as it is today, and where it’s heading at speed, and I decided I wanted to do all in my power to come up with solutions.

Do you not think that to fund Hogo Global with the proceeds of the sale of your own home, was a bit extreme?

Probably in some people’s eyes, but my family was all but reared, and gone their own way, and being a very young and energetic 53 year old, there was no way I was going to sit around doing nothing. When I realised how simple it is to change the direction that we are heading as a society, it was a very easy decision.

I know you were also involved in other industries over the last 30 years or so, do you ever relax, and if not, why not?

This is a difficult question to answer. From a very young age, I felt a big sense of responsibility for one reason or another, and it just carried on through my life. I often thought about what it would be like to be like most people and have a steady job, especially in the hard times. I went through difficult years, where every phone call was more negative than the last one, and I would see people on the street answering their phones with a smile. Then I would ask myself, what am I doing wrong. Of course, the other side of the story is that the satisfaction you get out of coming up with a plan, and pulling it off, is amazing,  whether it’s designing and constructing a new waste recycling facility, or whatever. Hard to teach an old dog new tricks I suppose.

Why do you think we need to change the direction society is heading fast?

Over the last 20 years especially, we have seen some fantastic bio and tech advances, and the human race never before has seen such rapid change in such a short period of time. It’s the speed of the change that is frightening, not the change itself, and the next twenty years are going to see even more rapid change again. We are at a major crossroads as a society, and it’s very important that we choose the right direction as fast as the changes are happening. This change has the potential to be a major disaster for the wider society, if it’s left in the hands of a handful of people, as it is now. At the same time it has fantastic positive potential, if it’s managed and controlled properly by society. The issue now is that these handful of people are getting to the point of no return, from a control point of view, and we need to change this fast, before it’s too late. If we don’t change, I believe that the 3 or 4 year olds we love so much today, even from middle class western society, will be in serious trouble, when they are 23/24 years of age, not to mind the kids from the developing world.

I read that you intend to give Hogo Global two years, and that you are leaving at that point. Why is that?

First of all, I believe that the solutions to the problems we have today are simple enough to sort out, despite their size and secondly, it’s in Hogo Global’s best interest to be owned and controlled by the whole of society, and not me or anyone else, and lastly, I want to spend the final decades of my life designing and constructing new environmentally friendly lifestyle villages and towns. I have been working on this in my spare time with a fantastic architect for a couple of years now.

With modern day technology and communication, I see no need for people to live on top of each other in expensive cages that are stacked 20/30 or even more stories high, as in our major cities, from a pollution, overcrowding and noise point of view. Anyway, from my own personal point of view, this will have to wait for a couple of years now, and so be it.

The last thing I would like to say here is that anyone who would like to join Hogo Global, please click below. If you can spare a few dollars to keep us on the road, it will be gratefully appreciated, and if you can’t, you are more than welcome to join anyway.