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UK’s ‘wealthiest gypsy’ buys caravan park for £3.5m and admits ‘people are wary’

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'Britain's wealthiest gypsy' has purchased a holiday park in Cornwall for a cool £3.5 million.

Alfie Best is a multimillionaire businessman who in 2001 founded Wyldecrest Parks, which has since grown to become the largest operator of residential static home parks in Europe.

He's now added Tremarle Park, a residential development situated on the outskirts of Camborne town centre, to his expanding portfolio, Cornwall Live reports.

Best, who has 93 parks in the UK, said he "understand[s] why people are wary of the outsider."

He said: I understand why people are wary of the outsider, but I want this to be looked as an opportunity for improvement. I want to create new jobs and homes for people and the best way to do that is invest."

The Sunday Times Rich List entrepreneur shared his passion for parks as a means for change: "I believe this sector is a global solution to affordable housing.

"It might not be financially viable for the Government but this could really make such a difference for people."

"It's gone beyond financial gain for me now, we have 16,000 residents across the UK, but that's not a statistic that's 16,000 lives and people we are responsible for."

He added: "I get criticised for being a gypsy, but it's something I'm proud of. My parents gave us a great life despite our financial situation and I want other people to have that same opportunity to provide for their families."

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Best starred in ITV's Undercover Big Boss last year and in the episode he feels like he’s lost touch with the day-to-day running of his business.

He shaves his head, sticks an earring on and transforms into drainage engineer 'William', supposedly filming a documentary about looking for a new job.

In the episode he deals with drainage systems, shadowing a salesman and pouring pints, all in the hopes to learn more about the ins and outs of his company.

When asked about the experience, the businessman said: "We've got it wrong along the way, that's apparent but our failures make us better and our successes have kept us going. I'd love to do it again in a few years time and see how much has changed."

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