Direct link to scholarships offered by  Govt. of India

List of Private NGOs offering scholarships

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr: ‘Avenzoar’

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr, known in the west as Avenzoar, was

Ummid Assistant

Delhi University launches web chat facility for admission seekers

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » Life & Style

This British mogul cannot read!

Saturday June 04, 2011 09:36:34 PM, IANS

London: He has raised a 400 million pound (over $650 million) property empire and is ranked 200th on the British Rich List -- one would consider Andreas Panayiotou to be a man adept at reading up on business propositions and easily wading through lengthy legal contracts at times.

But remarkably, the London tycoon has achieved his success without having ever learned to read!

The son of Greek-Cypriot immigrants, Panayiotou was raised in London's East End and at school proved to be a useful boxer. But when he looks back on his school days, it is not the fear of stepping into the ring that the 45-year-old recalls. Instead, it is his 'secret shame' -- the terror he would feel when asked to read aloud in class, Daily Mail reported Saturday.

Panayiotou learned to memorise words but never did learn to read in the conventional sense, leaving school at 14 without a single O-level.

But he went on to achieve stunning business success despite his lack of educational qualifications.

Panayiotou lives on a 20-acre estate in Epping Forest and owns a 40 million pound Gulfstream G450 jet, a 12 million pound Mangusta 130 yacht, and two Cessna Citation jets.

And he believes none of this would have been achieved had he not been handicapped by dyslexia -- a learning disability that impairs a person's fluency or comprehension accuracy in being able to read, and spell.

"Everything - my massive drive to prove myself as a 'somebody', my rigid discipline, my pride in what I've achieved - stems from the feelings of shame and inadequacy I experienced of being 'perpetually behind' all the other kids and unable to read," he said.

"The flip side of dyslexia is that you develop other gifts. I've trained my mind to have a photographic memory. I have a phenomenal memory."

Panayiotou believes being unable to read today is far more devastating than when he was growing up in the 1970s.

"Although I have been successful beyond my dreams, jobs are a lot more sophisticated than they were 30 years ago," he said.

"I would hate for any child to have to go through what I did," he added.




  Bookmark and Share                                          Home | Top of the Page



Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS




Top Stories

Thousands lend support to Ramdev; Digvijay slams 'five-star satyagraha'

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev Saturday went ahead with his mass hunger strike against corruption and  »

Communalism dangerous than corruption, Ramdev fast political conspiracy'

BJP hits out at Digvijay Singh for Ramdev-RSS remarks


  Most Read

Rabies deaths rattle Andhra

As Challa Babu pleaded with doctors to save him, the medical staff and his parents watched helplessly. The 16-year-old lost the battle to rabies, a disease that has claimed at least 13 lives in one month in Andhra  »

Civil society members divided over Ramdev's fast

Even as yoga guru Baba Ramdev Saturday drew thousands of supporters at the Ramlila Ground here for his fast against black money, some civil society members present at a similar fast by social   »

Ramdev an attention seeker, fast a sham: Netizens


  News Pick

Unsure government finds itself cornered once again

There are several factors behind the Manmohan Singh government's predicament. One is that the government has seemingly lost its nerve because its reputation is at its lowest ebb. Hence it appears to be bowing and  »

Maharashtra's 'Mother of Orphans' wins Woman Of The Year Award

Born as an unwanted child and bred in poverty and obscurity, eminent social worker Sindhutai Sapkal, who is known as the 'Mother of Orphans' in Maharashtra, has been conferred the  »

Mamata orders judicial probe into Bengal legislator's death

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday ordered a judicial inquiry into the alleged suicide of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) legislator  »

CPI-M legislator jumps to death in Bengal

Gutka pouches worth million seized in Goa

The food and drugs administration (FDA) department of Goa Saturday arrested a couple and seized nearly Rs.1 million worth gutka pouches from them, police said. The couple, identified as Ravindra Matkar and Rohini Matkar, were  »

Netanyahu and Obama: What's the difference?

Two speeches made by a President and a Prime Minister within the short span of three days confirm what we have known all along: the US and Israeli governments have no interest in a just solution to the Israel-Palestine  »


Picture of the Day

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh addressing the Joint Session of Ethiopian Parliament, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 26, 2011.



RSS  |  Contact us

| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant






About us




Government Schemes










Contact us





      Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.