Marc Ellis, a former rugby player for the New Zealand All Blacks, just sold his juice company Charlie’s to the Japanese drinks giant Asahi for $129 New Zealand dollars, or over $100 million USD, the New Zealand Herald writes. He stands to make almost $15 million US personally from the sale.After retiring from the All Blacks, Ellis wrote an autobiography, had a TV show, and started Charlie’s, a juice company. The company is publicly traded. Ellis had to give up his executive role at the company after he was busted for buying ecstasy (whoops!) and got off with a fine.
Because rugby was an amateur sport for so long, and because rugby traditionally emphasises team and combattive spirit, there’s a long tradition of rugby players becoming successful entrepreneurs. Ellis is a very good example. Kudos!
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