This week’s guest is Alejandro Mendieta Blanco better known as Alex Mendieta AKA the Colombian Playboy. We are excited to have him for this episode as his story is one that captivates audiences. From dropping out of school as he turned 15 while managing to still get his high school certificate a couple of months later, to his rag to riches story we’ve all come to know.
Me: I don’t understand, you dropped school at 15 but still got your high school certificate, how did you pull that off?
Alex: It’s a long story, but to make it short I used to really hate school, and to make things worst I was terrible at it. In fact I was so bad I was the last one in my class every year. I really think school is the worst thing that can happen to an entrepreneur. I got lucky and when I turned 15, I found a new loophole in the Colombian education system. The requirement for the loophole was to be at least 15 years old, then to do a big test and if you passed it, you would automatically graduate. No one actually knew about this and it was pure luck I came across this. So I dropped out of school, and spent a couple of month studding for the first time in my life like a maniac to do the test. Mind you that to this date I have never heard of anyone else that has dropped school or have done what I did. Colombia is a conservative country, no one ever drops out of school. I sat the test and I passed, and thank god for me that was the last schooling I ever did.
Me: What was growing up like in Colombia?
Alex: I enjoyed growing up in Colombia, even though it was extremely tough seeing my dad lose all his money when I was 9 I got traumatised.
Me: Tell us some more about that?
Alex: I’ve been asked many times, when did you know you were going to be rich? And my response is when I was 9. This was because my dad at the time lost all of his money and I literally got scared for life what it was like to not have money. There was one specific event that I remember to this date like it happened 5 minutes ago, that event has defined my whole life. My dad ended up making his money back again and more but by then I was already rich.
Me: You don’t like following rules do you?
Alex: That’s a bit too broad of a comment, I think some rules are good of course and I respect those. But when it comes to making money and being successful you must break the rules, in other words if you play by the rules you end up like everyone else. I met Arnold Schwarzenegger some years back and he talks about this exact topic too.
Me: What was meeting President Trump like?
Alex: I met him some years back before he was the president. I first met Trump in Melbourne that was his first visit to Australia. It was a couple of years later that he run and won the presidency. He was doing some talks and at the time I used to do some public speaking so was moving in those circles. So when Trump came to Australia couple of the organisers were friends of mine so I went touring with them and Trump in a couple of cities.
Me: But what do you think of Trump?
Alex: I have nothing but admiration for him, he is probably the best public speaker I have ever seen live, and not to mention that he became the leader of the free world against all odds. I really hope our paths cross again in the future, he was a cheerful guy and being round him was something else.
Me: What is going on in your love life, or should I say what’s not going on?
Alex: I’ve always been very secretive with my love life, I never share who I am seeing or not seeing.
Me: Why is that?
Alex: I think it’s the way I am, I have found being secretive about my love life has paid off a lot more than if I wasn’t. I’ve found women are so much more open with me than other guys because of that. They know that whatever we do no matter how naughty it gets, their secrets are safe with me.
Me: Ohh can you tell us one of those stories? There is no need to give us names.
Alex: Yes sure, I think my first foursome is right up there in the list of my favourite things I’ve done. By that I mean me and 3 girls of course. And just in case it crosses people’s minds, no they were not paid, I have nothing against hookers but I don’t find any challenge having to pay a girl. It would be like shooting a lion in a cage, what’s the fun of that. BTW I don’t encourage shooting any animals, it’s just a saying. Back to the story I think the moral of it was that two of the three girls in the foursome had boyfriends. They both still did it because they both knew that after our fun together their secret was safe with me.
Me: what is your favourite quote?
Alex: There are so many that I love, but if I have to choose one it would be this one by Mark twain. “20 years from now you will be more disappointed about the things you didn’t do than the ones you did!”.
Me: What’s next for Alex Mendieta?
Alex: When I think of what’s next, I tend to know it will be more of the same but a better version of it, if you know what I mean.
Me: Can you explain in more detail.
Alex: I think I’ll be doing the same but on a much bigger scale, I really enjoy making money so I will always be doing that, I hope with some extra zeros on the end of course. Oh and I’ll keep on increasing my charitable work. I have two charities of my own, I self-fund both of them every year.
Me: What are two charities?
Alex: The main one and the one that its dearest to my heart is “Give a Child a Bike” which donates hundreds of bikes to poor children in Vietnam so they can ride to school instead of walking for hours every day. And my newer one is the Alex Mendieta Scholarship program.
Me: Lastly what is your net worth if you don’t mind me asking?
Alex: haha, I don’t mind, however right now I am in the middle of changing my tax residency, so ask me again in 1 year and I’ll be happy to share it with your audience.
Me: Thank you so much for accepting the interview, I am sure our viewers will enjoy getting to know a little bit more of your story. Perhaps a second part in a couple of months?
Alex: It’s my pleasure being here, thanks for having me on your show. Yes, I’ll be looking forward to the next one.