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Gypsy Billionaire: A Documentary on Alfie Best Premiere’s at Cannes Film Festival 2023

Gypsy Billionaire: A Documentary on Alfie Best Premiere’s at Cannes Film Festival 2023
Reported by: Ekaterina Shevliakova | Alfie Best at the Premiere of 'Gypsy Billionaire' at Cannes Film Festival 2023 Image: Instagram

Alfie Best is an inspirational self-made billionaire who has achieved success through hard work and determination. His story of rising from humble beginnings to become one of the wealthiest people in the world was featured in a documentary premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in 2023. The documentary explores Alfie's life and how he achieved his success, as well as provide insight into his values, beliefs, and approach to business. It will also highlight some of the challenges he faced along the way. This documentary promises to be an inspiring tale that showcases what can be accomplished with hard work and dedication, from which anyone can draw inspiration. Cultured Focus Magazine met up with him to discuss his success at Cannes and the director of the film, Joel Alexander Van der Molen.


 Director Joel Alexander Van der Molen
Director Joel Alexander Van der Molen| Image: Supplied

I was immediately captivated by Alfie’s inspirational life and business story. It is an untold Great British success story and pertinent for our time.

Roma, Gypsy, and Traveller people in Britain face more barriers and discrimination than any other community. Even in 2023, Britain is still a racially unjust society. According to figures from the Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS), this community often experiences racist insults, property damage, physical attacks, job insecurity, and poor health.

Over the 18 months we spent filming around the UK, I have come to understand the essence of Alfie’s business empire. He is at the forefront of a housing revolution, answers the social housing problem, and provides the opportunity for people to live in luxury homes, free up capital, and beat the cost-of-living crisis.

Alfie shares how he started his business, lost everything, and built it back stronger to become the world’s first Gypsy Billionaire. This is the beginning of a documentary series following Alfie as he grows his empire worldwide and reflects on the past lessons that have contributed to his financial success.

Winner of 31 Global Film Awards, Joel grew up in Southeast England, was a young British tennis hopeful, and studied acting at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Through his filmmaking passion, he loves creatively telling stories to inspire others.

Alfie Best Premiere’s at Cannes Film Festival 2023
Gypsy Billionaire Premiere’s at Cannes Film Festival 2023 | Image credit: Joel Van Der Molen


Self-made UK entrepreneur, investor, speaker, and philanthropist Alfie is chairman of the Wyldecrest Parks group of companies. Born in a caravan to a poor Romany Gypsy family, Alfie built Wyldecrest Parks from scratch. He now has a portfolio of over 100 UK-based residential and holiday parks and 20 in the USA, valued at over one billion pounds.

Alfie also has a plethora of successful businesses, including exclusive property in Barbados and London, golf and country clubs, hotels and restaurants, East Thurrock United Football Club, Vaaroom Motorhome Hire, and Nomad Campers and Converters.

A Forbes Magazine thought leader, Alfie won Entrepreneur of the Year at The Signature Awards, the NSMA Best Business and Financial Influencer Award, and received the ‘Park Home & Holiday Park Operator of the Year’ for Wyldecrest Parks. In 2022 Alfie was listed at #230 in the Sunday Times UK Rich List.

Alfie is no stranger to the media, regularly appearing in many top UK editorials such as The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, The Sun, and The Mirror. He took part in ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Fortune’ on Channel 4, ‘The Really, Really Rich’ with Kathy Burke, ‘Britain’s Spending Secrets’ with Anne Robinson, and ‘Undercover Big Bosses’ on ITV. For more, visit or follow @alfie_best_snr on Instagram.


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