The Youngest Dragons’ Den Entrepreneur: Football Billionaire

At 15 years old, Shaye Bhattessa-Sharma is the youngest contestant ever – to appear on Dragon’s Den – with his flawless business pitch for Football Billionaire.

Shaye created his first game back in June 2016. He started out by selling in London Stadium (West Ham United F.C) in December 2016, before moving to online sales. Shaye is currently studying for his GCSEs at school.

The Football Billionaire board game enables players to purchase clubs, buy stadiums, and create the perfect team – by collecting the best players, hiring and firing managers, closing deals with agents, and swapping players.

“This was my chance to show the Dragons, the world, and the people who said the industry is too difficult to enter without experience and know how,” said Shaye Bhattessa-Sharma.

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The pitch was praised by the Dragons. Shaye’s company’s 2023’s turnover is estimated at £1 million, with a company valuation of £3 million, making him one of youngest self-made millionaires in the country.

Three editions of Football Billionaire later (together with eight special editions, including winning licences from Manchester City and the NFL), Football Billionaire is now ranked as a top 20 best-selling board game on Amazon.

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