Childhood pictures reveal humble origins of self-made online shopping tycoon

Pictures revealing the humble childhood of self-made online shopping tycoon Matthew Moulding who grew up in a house with an outside toilet can be revealed today by MailOnline for the first time. 

Moulding, who grew up in a 'two-up, two-down' near Burnley and was expelled from college for bunking off to visit his brother in prison, landed an eye-watering £830million payout after his firm's share price soared this week.

In these exclusive pictures, he can be seen as a boy smiling shyly at the camera as he holds a dripping ice-cream, while seated in a deckchair in a modest back yard.

A second image shows a golden haired boy in a stripey t-shirt and dungarees  standing next to an older child in a matching outfit.  

Moulding, the son of a tarmac contractor, founded technology firm The Hut Group in 2004. 

Matthew Moulding scooped the huge bonus after setting up a hugely successful business

Matthew Moulding scooped the huge bonus after setting up a hugely successful business

The 48-year-old grew up in a 'two-up, two-down' in Burnley with an outside toilet

The 48-year-old grew up in a 'two-up, two-down' in Burnley with an outside toilet

He founded technology firm The Hut Group in 2004 and received what is one of the largest bonuses in corporate history after the company's share price rose to meet its target

He founded technology firm The Hut Group in 2004 and received what is one of the largest bonuses in corporate history after the company's share price rose to meet its target 

Moulding considers himself a very private person with a tight circle of friends. Contrary to the party persona of his later years, he is still found watching his boys’ football matches at the weekend.

Moulding considers himself a very private person with a tight circle of friends. Contrary to the party persona of his later years, he is still found watching his boys’ football matches at the weekend. 

The 48-year-old owns 20 per cent of the business which runs more than 100 websites including make-up brands such as eyeko, Illamasqua, retail website Look Fantastic, and a series of luxury hotels.

Now he donates his £750,000 salary to charity, has given £10m to support Covid relief efforts, and a further £2m of PPE to frontline workers. 

Moulding considers himself a very private person with a tight circle of friends. Contrary to the party persona of his later years, he is still found watching his boys’ football matches at the weekend. 

His childhood was often difficult. The family was always worrying about where money would come from due to his father's unstable, self-employed job as a tarmac contractor.

His father would buy a wagon full of tarmac from the quarry before heading to cold-call wealthy

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