Young millionaire appears on TV show
He lived with family on benefits
A YOUNG millionaire from Loughborough has experienced a complete lifestyle change living with a mum-of-five on benefits.
Dhillan Bhardwaj, 21, who made his first million when he was just 16, designing clothes for celebrities, has taken part in a TV experiment.
He appeared on Rich Kids Go Skint, on Channel 5’s 5 Star, living with Elaine Sullivan. who is on benefits, supporting herself and her five children. The series shows “rich kids” sharing a home with families living on the breadline.
Ratchet Clothing was started by Dhillan designing clothes in his parent’s garage, and he has since designed clothes for Rihanna, Drake, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, and more.
Dhillan moved in with Elaine and her family for two days in her council house. He did not find the lifestyle change too much of a culture shock, but wanted to take part to keep himself grounded.
“My parents had a similar upbringing – most of my family were immigrants so they had to provide for themselves. It wasn’t a reality check, but I wanted to see how life is different if you are on benefits.
“I have the chance to share that experience with other kids who might look up to celebrities with loads of money. I wanted to show them you can be happy with what
Dhillan stayed with the family at their home in Surrey. He was set different tasks, including cleaning out the chicken coop and cooking meals.
He added: “When they shop, they go to charity shops, and when they get food, they get best-before-use I think it’s called or best before something.
“It was just different, I even bought them a skip to get rid of all the rubbish in their house because they couldn’t afford to get rid of it.
“When someone asks me what I do for a living, I sometimes want to say I work a normal nine to five job because I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging.”
Dhillan also took part in Rich Kids Go Shopping on Channel 4, which
showed how he spends his money.
Although Dhillan is a millionaire, his take home pay each month does not reflect that. He said: “My parents take some of my earnings, so I don’t actually get paid that much.
“I don’t mind telling you that I only get paid £750 a month, and with that money I can spend it on anything I want. The rest of the money goes into my family pot.”
The experience was very fulfilling for Dhillan but he did notice differences between staying there and living at home.
He said: “It was a very heartwarming experience, I enjoyed it. I live in such a big house though so it was very hard for me to get used to living where the kitchen is just a step from the living room. I usually have space when I need it, so that was difficult.”
Dhillan Bhardwaj on episode three of Rich Kids Go Skint on Channel 5