Web company boss stole £30,000 from his mother's credit card to set up business

Web company boss stole £30,000 from his mother's credit card to set up business aged just 17 - and is now worth £150million and has pop bands play at his office Christmas parties Andrew Michael, from Cheltenham, set up website business for A-Level project  Needed fibre optic Internet to grow, which in 1997 meant paying for excavations Able to pay off mother's credit card bill in the first month, and she forgave him  Aged 39, has started two more firms and is among UK's top web entrepreneurs

By Rory Tingle For Mailonline

Published: 16:12 GMT, 12 February 2019 | Updated: 16:15 GMT, 12 February 2019

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Andrew Michael, from Cheltenham, (pictured on November 18, 2018) set up a website business offering email and web services to companies for an A-Level project in 1997

Andrew Michael, from Cheltenham, (pictured on November 18, 2018) set up a website business offering email and web services to companies for an A-Level project in 1997

A web entrepreneur has revealed how he stole £30,000 from his mother's credit card to create his first business aged 17 - the first step in the road to creating a £150million fortune.

Andrew Michael, from Cheltenham, set up a website business offering email and web services to companies with his friend for their A-level project in 1997 - but needed fibre optic broadband to expand it.

Back then this required paying for excavations to lay the cables, which Mr Michael did over the phone without his mother's knowledge - gambling that his future takings would be enough to cover the credit card bill.

Thankfully it worked, and Mr Michael and his business partner Alex Wilding were soon cashing in.

'By the end of the month we had enough clients and money to pay for the internet line and the advertising,' Mr Michael told the BBC's The Boss.

He insists his mother forgave him - although it is not clear exactly when she found out.

After leaving St Edward's School in

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