This 18-Year-Old Makes A Fortune Selling Sneakers To Celebrities Like Drake And DJ Khaled

  • Published on Jan 6, 2018
  • Benjamin Kickz, an 18-year-old entrepreneur who sells incredibly rare sneakers to celebrities, sat down with Business Insider to discuss how he does it all. The following is a transcript of the video.
    Benjamin Kickz: My name is Benjamin Kickz and I'm 18 years old and I get sneakers for a lot of celebrities and also sell them on my website to the public.
    I got into sneakers at 13, so like, 5 years ago, but I really started selling them heavy at 15. Basically what made me get into buying and selling shoes was because my mom bought me this one shoe, the LeBron 9 Galaxys, and everyone was like “oh this is the wave.” I just felt like I had the sauce, so I just started buying shoes.
    The first sneakers I ever bought was either the Galaxy Foams or the Milo 7s. And then my dad was like “oh, you must be crazy, you're out of your mind.” And then I sold them for $1,000. He was like “oh, so you found someone just as dumb as you.”
    Basically, I started off with DJ Khaled cause he was the first celebrity that I sold sneakers to. Then he introduced me to a bunch of other people like P. Diddy and French Montana and all of them.
    Before he had a Snapchat, we would just hang out all the time and do stuff. Then he made a Snapchat which obviously went viral I'm pretty sure we all know.
    And then from there, he just started posting Snapchats of stuff we always use to do. And people used to think it was funny and not normal but it was regular stuff we did.So he put me on through Snapchat basically and then just helped my business. How's business, you know, it's boomin'.
    A lot of my clients are in the music industry but I guess it's because I was always into hip-hop as a kid, like, that's all I listened to. After DJ Khaled, he introduced me to a bunch of other artists, so I guess it just went from there. Athletes too but I'm not into sports as much I'm into hip-hop. Some of my favorite artists are like Migos, Drake, Future, Lil Wayne, obviously.
    Manny: What is it like to hang and party with Drake?
    Benjamin: I mean, I don't think he's like how he is in his music because I've never been with him when he's in his feelings, so I don't know. But like … he's cool, he's mad cool.
    Manny: So out of all those artists who are your biggest customers?
    Benjamin: Probably P. Diddy. Like, he just buys like, phew. Yeah, very, very bulk.
    Manny: Tell me about what you think about the Under Armour shoes.
    I think the Under Armour shoes are amazing, I love them. I got a pair for myself, personally. The Steph Curry ones. I think the Big Baller Brand shoes, I think they're dope. Everyone's saying they're too expensive for like $500 retail price. Personally, I think it's a little high, but the shoe's dope and obviously they're some of the best players out right now so, you know, do your thing.
    Manny: They're getting a lot of props for just taking their own lane and making their own shoe. Is that something you could see yourself getting into?
    Benjamin: Yeah, most definitely. I mean, I wouldn't mind a contract depending on like, who it would be, but I would definitely do my own shoe also. I have some things in the making, but I don't know, we have to put it all together, you know?
    Manny: What's your merch? What's your brand?
    Benjamin: Oh, Boomin'. This.
    Manny: How's that doing?
    Benjamin: Boomin'.
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Comments • 887

  • nba athlete
    nba athlete 4 days ago

    So we’re not going to talk about his parents

  • Yankees Coverage & Highlights

    did this guy just call the brothers some of the best out there right now

  • Yankees Coverage & Highlights

    his snaps with khalid r just cringe

  • Reality check
    Reality check 15 days ago

    Douchebag - "Another one"

  • Fanaticalplel Oof
    Fanaticalplel Oof 22 days ago

    His parents supplied him. Business insider is getting ass

  • mena seven
    mena seven 25 days ago

    cool business

  • CocutFX
    CocutFX 28 days ago

    His parent's probably paid Dj khaled to contact them. There's no way a normal ass kid would able to talk to a celebrity without anything.

  • Logan Schroeder
    Logan Schroeder Month ago +1

    I do like that this kid is working, it's good to see

  • FnafFueled
    FnafFueled Month ago

    I searched "rich brat sells shoes" because I forgot the video title and thos was the first result.

  • san fransicco scrubster

    2:20 is he retarted

  • Lane Eardink
    Lane Eardink Month ago +1


  • Bob Cliff
    Bob Cliff Month ago +1

    This fucker is a size 8 and he's 18

  • ☠ᗗƁØØƊ☠
    ☠ᗗƁØØƊ☠ 2 months ago

    GQ,Business insider are a joke now lol xD

  • Hicham Sbissa
    Hicham Sbissa 2 months ago

    Nevel pepperman isn't into carly anymore huh?

  • Arctic Jimmy
    Arctic Jimmy 2 months ago

    2:20 they r the best go look at how bad they r

  • Sensei Apex
    Sensei Apex 2 months ago

    They say you never can buy the sauce!

  • ItsYoBoyAye
    ItsYoBoyAye 2 months ago

    Any shoe resellers want to buy a good condition pair of Nike team hussle d8s youth 7. $45 but I bought them for $100. Tell your buyers it doesent matter bout the size they could flip. Great basketball shoes only wore em for half a year and forgot about them their in great condition

  • black cat
    black cat 2 months ago

    Why would they buy from him?

  • Michael York
    Michael York 2 months ago

    Why does he look 14

    HUMUZZ 2 months ago

    I'm jealous

  • Max Smith
    Max Smith 2 months ago

    He has what we call a “punchable face”

  • TumoralTwo
    TumoralTwo 2 months ago

    Respect the hustle ✊

  • Malcolm Pagett
    Malcolm Pagett 2 months ago

    I was like, this kid has business smart. Then I looked at the comments and saw that he's from a rich Jewish family. The more I look at success stories, the more I find out said person had a shit load of help or was born into privilege.

  • Kevin Kwon
    Kevin Kwon 2 months ago +1

    Not tryna be rude, but he looks like a douche in the thumbnail

  • Azarin Jalaei
    Azarin Jalaei 2 months ago

    I think he is a show of as he acts like he is better the every one

  • Infinit Void
    Infinit Void 2 months ago

    Hold up did he just say the hall brothers are the best players out there rn💀😂

  • finn luca Engelhardt
    finn luca Engelhardt 2 months ago


  • Phoenix967
    Phoenix967 2 months ago

    I don’t understand what’s the point of buying from someone selling shoes for a higher price then it’s original price. He is the luckiest person for having dumb customers wasting more money money then they need to. Ben is very smart, his customers not so much.

  • Jose
    Jose 2 months ago


  • Jeb_
    Jeb_ 2 months ago +1

    He said that the ball brother are one of the best players out there 🤣🤦🏼‍♂️

  • Vanilla Ice-King
    Vanilla Ice-King 2 months ago +1

    Yo bro do you have any lightning mcqueen light ups.

  • mtb fantic
    mtb fantic 3 months ago

    He seems kinda like a dick

  • Derp 360
    Derp 360 3 months ago

    Weird flex but ok

  • Desirée J
    Desirée J 3 months ago +7

    This guy didnt start from nothing, he grew up into riches and privilege. A lot of "normal" people dont just sell a shoe to Dj Khaled that easily

  • la pistola de hitler 02

    this rich kids

  • Joseph Anistratov
    Joseph Anistratov 3 months ago

    Small loan of a million dollars from his dad gets connected with bulk sellers spends his million and than gets connected with dj k and than others as well! Sounds easy lol

  • Trasenda Monfort
    Trasenda Monfort 3 months ago +2

    Tf these celebs could be gettin sneaks from actual places like complex or flight club but no they gettin ripped off by some 18 year old🤣😂 but I gues...good husslen fella

  • Hazim Mustafa
    Hazim Mustafa 3 months ago

    So cool I wish I was like him

  • Ruben Mendoza
    Ruben Mendoza 3 months ago +1

    At 2:03 it looks like P. Diddy about to smash my mans. But we all know that boy only likes me.

  • Igotajumper 3
    Igotajumper 3 3 months ago

    1:37 Benjamin kickz meeting big fan

  • Seth Adam
    Seth Adam 3 months ago

    I can not believe this I've received $2546 Try these and you will not regret it

  • JJZ
    JJZ 3 months ago +1

    1:55 so disrespectful

  • John Kerwin
    John Kerwin 3 months ago

    How school

  • Jimmy
    Jimmy 3 months ago +2

    for the haters, *work smart*

  • Angus Lau
    Angus Lau 3 months ago


  • Jorico Espiritu
    Jorico Espiritu 3 months ago

    That's not selling at all

  • Jorico Espiritu
    Jorico Espiritu 3 months ago

    So resell???

  • Fre Shava Cado
    Fre Shava Cado 3 months ago

    So he sell second hand sneakers to artist out there?

  • Sénior Pérez
    Sénior Pérez 3 months ago +6

    I dont understand why people, better yet celebrities, buy his shoes that are overpriced.

    • Slurpee Cloud
      Slurpee Cloud 2 months ago +1

      You need cash to understand buddy

    • Pumpkin
      Pumpkin 3 months ago +1

      Sénior Pérez he built a name for himself so these celebs trust him, plus they’re celebs they won’t be meeting someone they don’t know to buy shoes

  • Alison Armstrong
    Alison Armstrong 3 months ago +1

    How do you get all that money

    SFxMIGI 3 months ago

    He looks 15

  • Third Echelon
    Third Echelon 3 months ago

    This dude a bit heavy

  • XGN Gaator
    XGN Gaator 3 months ago +1

    He looks more like 13

  • Light Yagami
    Light Yagami 3 months ago


  • Corndog
    Corndog 3 months ago

    Then he’s gonna grow up to be a drug addict

  • ThunderGaming566
    ThunderGaming566 3 months ago

    This kid looks like a fagit

  • Trevor Michaud
    Trevor Michaud 3 months ago

    Lol this kid was born rich. He didn't come from nothing like most of us, don't try and act like he's some wrags to riches story.

  • Harold Shepherd
    Harold Shepherd 3 months ago

    At least he is using his own money

  • MrSisterFister
    MrSisterFister 3 months ago +83

    " as a kid i used to listen to hip-hop"
    You still a kid wtf

  • Anime Nerd
    Anime Nerd 3 months ago

    Now he’s 18 now *legal adult*