As a Hungarian refugee arriving in Britain in 1956, Robert Stein had no money and spoke no English. But his training as an engineer enabled him to find work selling office equipment.
After one failed venture in 1979, Stein saw an opportunity in personal computing and began to develop computer games, using programmers in his native Hungary. His break came in 1993 when he set up Andromeda Entertainment as a middleman between games developers and the retailers who sold games. By supplying mail-order catalogues, Stein quickly expanded his distribution business and today Andromeda supplies video games and hardware to Littlewoods, GUS and Argos.
As the computer-games industry has ballooned, so have the Hertfordshire company’s profits, growing 84% a year from £580,000 in 1998 to £3.6m in 2001.
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