I became a millionaire at 15 – and it all started by selling cookies to buy my mum a car

MANY people dream of becoming a millionaire but one talented teen managed to achieve this by the age of 15.

Cory Nieves now has a net worth of $1million (£769,000) after starting selling cookies to buy his mum a car.


Cory, now 17, launched his business at the tender age of five and wanted to help his mum so they didn’t have to take the bus in the freezing cold.

The pint-size New Jersey entrepreneur said to Oprah.com: “I wanted to buy my mum a car so I started selling hot chocolate out of a friend's restaurant.”

He then expanded to cookies, although getting the perfect recipe wasn’t easy.

Proud mum Lisa said: "They were either too hard or too soft. Oatmeal raisin took almost a year to perfect!"

The cookies soon proved to be a big hit and Cory and Lisa managed to buy their own kitchen in 2012 and launch their brand of Mr. Cory's Cookies.

What proved to be popular were 75 per cent of his ingredients being organic with no preservatives.

The all-natural treats grew to being a nationwide success when they launched a delivery service to get their products to people’s doors.

They also secured a $100,000 (£77,000) investment thanks to the business show The Profit, and has worked with the likes of Bloomingdales, Citibank, J. Crew, Macy's, Mercedes-Benz, Ralph Lauren and Whole Foods.

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Cory has not only grabbed attention for his cookies, but also for his passion for fashion and modelling – and has featured in campaigns for Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.

Speaking to Huffington Post, he said: “Presentation is the key to success.

“People first look at my style and ask, ‘Who dresses you? Your mum?’ 

“And my mum says, ‘Do you see what I have on? I need my son to dress me.’”

He told TV host Ellen Degeneres that he hopes to attend Princeton University when he graduates from high school.

Lisa added: "I don't care how successful he gets. He's still going to college!"



Meanwhile, a woman started an Etsy business with £100 as a fortune cookie said and became a millionaire overnight when her product went viral.

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