Family

Inside the lavish lives of the billionaire family behind Boohoo, the fast-fashion giant called out in an investigation into workers being paid just $4 an hour at suppliers’ factories

Mahmud Kamani (L) is photographed with rapper Snoop Dogg, business partner Carol Kane, and his son, Samir.
Mahmud Kamani (L) is photographed with rapper Snoop Dogg, business partner Carol Kane, and his son, Samir.

Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for bohooo

  • Boohoo is the UK’s fast-growing fast-fashion retailer that was set up in 2006 by Mahmud Kamani and his business partner Carol Kane and is now valued at more than $4.3 billion

  • The company has come under intense scrutiny this month after a Sunday Times investigation found that a factory supplying its clothes was paying workers as little £3.50 ($4.37) an hour and flouting COVID-19 social distancing rules.

  • The company said it is investigating the report and described the conditions as “totally unacceptable.”

  • Here’s the story of Kamani, the man behind the empire, and his glamorous life with his wife and three sons. 

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The rise of the Kamani family is frequently described by the British tabloids as one of the UK’s great “rags to riches” tales. 

Mahmud Kamani, the patriarch of the family, is the 55-year-old billionaire behind Boohoo, the UK’s fast-fashion clothing company that has achieved explosive growth in the past few years and is considered to be one of the few retailers to have dodged the retail doom and gloom. 

Kamani, who is now one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country and has worked his way up the UK’s rich list to be worth just over $1 billion, started his career by selling cheap clothes to market stallholders and high-street brands in the UK

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This Family Invented a Thriving Art Business During the Pandemic

COLUMBIA, SC—There’s a family making lemonade from lemons. Their lemons come in the form of idle time and their lemonade is beautiful paintings. Many of the paintings have been donated to front line professionals such as nurses, doctors, and community health workers. The rest are being sold on Etsy or, as one of the kids said, “I fall in love with many of my artworks, but realize they can bring others happiness too!”

Back in March, Mathew Morgan and Julie Smithwick, parents to Cullen, Bella, Norah, and Elias, ages 11 to 16, were forecasting what weeks of sheltering at home would look like for their family and wanted to develop a positive and safe activity balancing the fear and uncertainty permeating on newsfeeds. What came next was the evolution of a collaborative venture and the birth of a business.

TribePours is the official name of this happenstance art business surfacing from Mathew’s and Julie’s concern their four kids were beginning to log too much electronic screen time and not enough effort toward pursuing creative activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mathew, the Vice President of Finance at Lew’s Fishing, is the patriarch to this blended modern-day Brady Bunch. He states “Julie and I have always called our family a tribe, so when it came to naming the company TribePours just seemed like a great fit.” Typically, they do not create artwork together, this pursuit grew from a need to invent a family-friendly activity, and fast!

Norah, a TribePours Artist going into

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