The United Kingdom Independent Party was in the forefront calling for the UK to leave the EU, in the just concluded Brexit referendum. In fact, Nigel Farage and his team of loyalists have gained more popularity in the recent months, than they have during their entire political lives. One of his loyalists, Andrew Charalambous, is an interesting person to study. Mr Charalambous made his first million renting out his property to the poor. Over the years, he rose from a private landlord into a passionate environmentalist, and politician. He is currently UKIP’s housing spokesperson.
- Andrew Charalambous was born to a Greek Cypriot father, who fought for the British in WW II. His father would later settle in the UK, where Charalambous was born and raised. He started his career in the housing and rental market .
- The UK media poked fun at Charalambous, quoting one instance when he went to Covent_Garden and picked all the homeless guys there, and put them in his properties. But this paid off and today, Andrew Charalambous is a good example of a self made millionaire. He has also distinguished himself as a passionate environmental activist. In 2008, he opened the first eco friendly Nightclub of its kind in the world. The club made use of a unique technology known as piezoelectric, where electricity is generated from the human traffic therein. This concept has been duplicated afterwards in the Netherlands, and other places.
- Andrew Charalambous has also initiated Club4Climate, a program where the young can make contributions towards addressing the current challenges we are facing with the environment. This program also advocates for nightclubs and other entertainment venues to be made in an eco friendly manner. He has been nicknamed Dr. Earth and today, nightclubs from as far as the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and others parts of the world have been inspired by his concept. He has also addressed numerous conferences and gatherings, spearheading efforts to help protect and conserve the environment.
- Today, entrepreneur Andrew Charalambous is also a mentor to many young and upcoming entrepreneurs in the UK, and even abroad. His website is constantly updated, and he shares tips and advice on how to succeed in business, entrepreneurship, and such like. Charalambous was for long a Conservative who only switched sides to UKIP due to some ideological differences. He was on the forefront of accusing the EU of giving the UK a raw deal. He successfully teamed up with other Brexit proponents like Nigel Farage, to ensure that voters ‘took back their sovereignty’.
It is rare to come across a politician who is both an environmental activist, and a mentor to thousands of young entrepreneurs. That’s exactly what Andrew Charalambous does.
You can check out Andrew Charalambous on Linkedin also to see what he is doing currently.