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Who is Steven Bartlett? Net Worth & More

Steven Barletlett is a British entrepreneur, author, podcaster and TV personality who has achieved a lot of success at a relatively young age. Born in 1992 in Botswana, Bartlett’s journey to the success we see today began in 2014 when he founded Social Chain, a social media marketing agency that quickly grew into a multi-million dollar business.

At 26 years old, Forbes estimated his net worth at $68 million, making him one of the wealthiest young entrepreneurs in the UK. On top of his business success, he has also made a name for himself in the media as an author, podcast host and investor for the popular BBC show, Dragon’s Den.

In this article, we will look at the life and career of Steven Bartlett, his business triumphs, his move into the media and some of the awards and recognition he has received.

Early Life and Education

Born on August 26th 1992, Steven Bartlett was born to British parents who were living in Botswana at the time. The family moved back to the UK when Steven was four years old and they settled in the South West Coastal county of Devon, in Plymouth.

As a bright student and keen sportsman, young Steven did well at school and was a member of local sports clubs including Plymouth Albion Rugby Football club. When he left school, he chose to study business management and economics at Manchester Metropolitan University but it wasn’t for him. He dropped out after just one class – making it even more amazing considering the business journey that followed.

Rise to Fame and Fortune

After dropping out of University, at 19 years old, Steven’s entrepreneurial journey began. He founded Wallpark, a social network for university students, similar to Facebook. Unlike the latter, this initial venture wasn’t successful and it was shut down, but this stumbling block only urged him on to try new ideas.

In 2014 Social Chain was founded as a student-focused social media platform. He then realised that there was an opportunity for a marketing agency that could help brands reach young people through social media – and that was the new purpose of his business.

By using memes and viral content to engage with younger audiences his company grew rapidly and went public in 2018 on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange with a valuation of £200 million. Quite an impressive feat!

Although Steven stepped down as CEO of Social Chain in 2020, he remains a shareholder in the company and helps with its strategic direction. Under his tenure as CEO, he brought in new arms to the business including Media Chain – a content creation and distribution network and Swim, which was an advertising platform for social media.

This innovative company became known for its ability to connect with younger audiences and had offices in Manchester, London, New York and Berlin.

Other Businesses Of Steven Barlett

Rather than retire and enjoy the fruits of his labour, Bartlett went on from Social Chain to invest in and set up numerous other businesses. As a keen business mind, he takes pride in spotting new trends and investing in products and services that align with his values such as:

Flight Story

Flight story, offers public companies the resources to build a community of investors who are focused on the retail industry. He co-founded the business with a former colleague from Social Chain, Oliver Yonchev.


One useful part of Steven’s notoriety is his ability to attract investment from other business leaders. In the case of Thirdweb, a software start-up, he was able to bring in $5 million contribution from notable business leaders including Mark Cuban and Gar Vaynerchuk.

Thirdweb is a company that provides developers with the tools required to build, launch and manage Web3 projects without code.

Atai Life Sciences

Atai Life Sciences may seem like a break from the usual businesses Steven is involved in, but this clinical stage biopharmaceutical firm that aims to shake up the treatment of mental health disorders is a classic example of Steven supporting positive impact on mental health and emerging technologies – both topics close to his heart. When the company went public on the Nasdaq in June 2021, it raised $225 million.

R. Agency

Flight Story has grown and acquired R.Agency. This high performing agency had worked with brands such as Tinder and Hinge. Founded by Rebecca Ridge in 2013, it employs 25 people in London.

Catena Capital

Catena Capital is an equity investment business that focuses on venture capital deals. After founding the firm in 2020, Steven was clear that the firm will invest in companies that are aiming to make the future better for everyone, everywhere. This had a particular focus on consumer tech in the AI, biotech, space and social media industries.

Media and Television Work

There is no end to Steven’s workload with appearances and input all over our TV screens and airwaves. Dragon’s den may well be his most well known gig and this started in May 2021 when he became the youngest-ever dragon on the BBC show.

He was just 29 years old at the time and his down to earth personality was an instant hit with viewers and investment seekers. Despite his younger age, he held his own with the other dragons and provided valuable advice and investment opportunities for new entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas.

He invested £150,000 on the very first episode for a 5% stake in Cheesegeek, but wanted his money back within 2 years – showing his tenacity and eye for unique products with growth potential.

He soon demonstrated his interest in businesses creating a positive environment and social impact again with a 20% stake investment in Piddle Patch – real grass toilets for dogs!

His appearance on Dragon’s Den highlighted his support of entrepreneurship and ability to identify emerging trends and became a real asset to the companies he invested in.

Secret Teacher

Going undercover on the Channel 4 show The Secret Teacher, he posed as a teacher at a Liverpool secondary school for three weeks. This time allowed him to connect with students facing tough circumstances and get a new perspective on education. During his time, he helped students to develop business plans, marketing and pitching skills – equipping the next generation with the skills and passion that they can use to change their own paths.

News and Business Programmes

Steven appears on lots of TV and radio shows. Whether it’s BBC, Channel 4 or The Guardian, he’s seen as one of the go-to personalities for entrepreneurial comment and expertise when the media wants insight.

His unique insights and meteoric success give him a real experience to draw from rather than quoting text book learnings. His candid reflections on setting up a multi-million dollar company in his twenty’s inspire others to chase their own dreams, with the wisdom of the challenges he faced.

For any budding entrepreneurs, his smash hit book “happy sexy millionaire” is a must-read. It was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2021 and is an open ticket to his path to success that also shares his hard-won wisdom along the way.


Work as an Author

Not just a business mind, Steven became an author, as we said above in 2021. His debut book “Happy Sexy Millionaire, Unexpected Truths about Fulfilment, Love and Success” struck a major chord with the public. Despite its playful title, the book is packed with insight and inspiration drawn from his very own rags-to-riches story, and it was praised for being refreshingly honest and relatable.

As someone who had humble beginnings and was able to build a business empire worth millions by his mid-20’s, it’s littered with personal battles with anxiety and depression as well as being able to motivate others to find their own paths forward to success.

Full of prioritising self-reflection, mindfulness and relationships over simply chasing money and material wealth, it’s an interesting and thought provoking read that the nation loved.

“Diary of a CEO” Podcast

Lots of podcast listeners will be aware of Steven’s ‘The Diary of a CEO’ podcast. It’s a popular business podcast that features huge names from the media and business world coming together to discuss a range of topics on business and personal development.

As the host, with his personal and conversational approach, he has the ability to gain top insight from some of the world’s top business minds for the value of his listeners. Guests have included Richard Branson, Mark Cuban, Gary Vaynerchuk and many, many more.

It offers a great way to see how others have achieved success in business and how they have overcome obstacles and challenges.

Awards and Recognition

You don’t get to be as successful as Barlett’s without public recognition and accolades that celebrate his achievements.

  • In 2018, he was in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Europe, which recognises outstanding young entrepreneurs who are making a significant impact in their respective fields. This recognition highlights Steven’s position as a leader in the world of social media and marketing, and his ability to innovate and inspire others.
  • In 2017, he was also recognised for his Social Chain work when it won the Drum Buzz Award for the best influencer marketing campaign. This is a prestigious award in the industry and demonstrated a great tenacity for effective marketing.
  • Major media outlets such as The Guardian, Business Insider and the BBC also regularly feature Steven as an advisor or commentator on current business topics.
  • In 2021, his popular podcast ‘The diary of a CEO’ also earned him the ‘Best interview podcast’ award at the British Podcast Awards.

Final Thoughts

Despite his stratospheric business success at a young age, Steven’s endearing quality is that he hasn’t lost touch with his roots and regularly gives back to others via his platform of influence, especially when it comes to empowering young people and mental health advocacy.

One of his main missions is inspiring future entrepreneurs and leaders and through his podcast, media appearances and mentor opportunities, he helps to share core messages of creative problem-solving and pursuing passions as the path to success.

Having openly discussed his own struggles with mental health conditions, he hopes to change attitudes and help others open up on this life-changing topic.

Steven Bartlett’s rise to success is a testament to his entrepreneurial spirit, innovative mindset and unwavering determination. From modest beginnings, he became a multimillionaire by the age of 26 and has an inspiring journey showing that age is no barrier to success.

As he continues to diversify his portfolio and career options, his impact on the business world was clearly the first step of his journey. He’s media savvy and has a commitment to personal and social responsibility.


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