Inspirational story of Dewsbury teenager who started his own business aged 12

15-year-old Ali is already a successful businessman - and he's not even taken his GCSEs yet
15-year-old Ali is already a successful businessman - and he's not even taken his GCSEs yet
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A teenage entrepreneur from Dewsbury has made enough money to pay his own university fees after running businesses since the age of 12.

Mohammed Ali, known as Ali, has been building websites for the past four years, and is now designing an app for currency dealers and share traders - all before he has even taken his GCSEs.

Now 15, the Batley Grammar School pupil employed several other programmers as the owner of web development company Flaming Sites, and in 2014 he was given a shout-out on BBC Radio Leeds when he made a web page for Keighley-based singer Harper.

Ali, the son of a Dewsbury taxi driver, regularly travels from his home to meet clients in London, and is currently working on World Currency Gold Rates, which uses maths and Java language to provide gold, diamond and platinum rates to Forex users and people buying and selling shares.

He has also designed a game, Project 2006, which attracted up to 200 users a day, and hopes his success story can inspire other youngsters to take up programming.

"I want people to know that starting a business at a young age is in fact a really good way to make money instead of asking your parents, and I am from an average family - my dad is a taxi driver," said Ali, who sits his GCSE exams this summer.

"From doing this myself I can say I have gained the experience to lead a business after my GCSEs, A Levels and university, where I want to study maths and computer science. I already have enough money to fund myself when I am there."

Ali Tweets from @modali and his Instagram account can be found @tehalix.