Here’s 51 Capital’s 22-year-old General Manager
22-year-old Sean Macharia is the new General Manager for 51 Capital, a Forex trading company with roots in Kenya.
The Applied Mathematician is a Daystar University graduate with a deep passion for forex trading, numbers, online currency, money market and everything currency.
51 Capital has offices in Nairobi, in Eldoret and another one in the glitzy city of Port Louis in Mauritius.
His foray into the complex world of forex trading was by a fluke.
“I joined by master luck. Last year, while potential forex traders were submitting essays to the folks in Mauritius, for the Project U and I, I was unable to do an essay since I do not like reading and I lackthe passion for writing. I could not submit an essay like the rest of the hopefuls. So I submitted my past forex trading history. And, just like that, I was able to knock off people with exemplary essays with just my trading history. I impressed the team in Mauritius but there was a problem – there was no 51 Capital in Kenya’ Sean says.
Sean started forex trading immediately after high school, while only 18.
“I gave my parents hell. Forex trading requires you’re at the machine 24/7. I was at my laptop all day, all night. My parents were losing their minds,” he says.
Sean’s impressive submission to 51 Capital in Mauritius was what led to his meeting with Forex trading guru Joe Kariuki, also one of the head honchos at 51 Capital and the biggest shareholder.
“I met Joe looking like shit. I showed up for my interview with Joe wearing a short, shoddy t-shirt and crocs. Joe saw me and immediately asked,’ do you want food?” says the jolly forex aficionado.
Sean moved from a disheveled, messy and hungry forex trading whizz to the suave General Manger of Kenya’s 51 Capital within a matter of six months!
“Let me tell you one thing he forgot to say, when he came here, I fired him before I hired him,” Joe Kariuki says as Sean smiles sheepishly at his fancy seat.
Sean would later be re-hired after Joe realized that the flaky boy may have been a genius after all.
“When I joined the company, we were around four employees only. Now we are over forty – everyone, from the offices here in Nairobi, Eldoret, India and Mauritius,” Sean proudly says.
“I’m living a dream few 22-year olds could ever imagine off. I sit in this large office, this fancy marble office, and I cannot believe my luck. But I’ve pushed for this, I’ve worked for this and I’ve done enough forex trading hours to earn this, now let’s get the millions,” a beaming Sean says as he sits back in his comfy leather chair.
This article was first published by Business Times Kenya