Fat carts, pretty women, fat yachts. what a life Through my one project, I make
about 800,000 a year. Well, I've definitely made a little
over a million already. From supermarket checkout to millionaire. The boy here shows it. In addition, we will release a Hollywood film
next year. Richard Büttner is in his mid-20s and a star in his industry. An industry that is quite controversial. We are in the world
of fast money. And the big promises. I've always known that I have many, many
things that can help humanity. We came across Richard on the internet. On Instagram he gives the Richy Rich: private jet, luxury travel, champagne bottles. His more than 400,000 followers
seem to like it. At first we just don't understand how he gets all this
. Yes, we just wrote to Richard on Instagram and asked if he was interested in shooting with us and he agreed. Let's see what kind of life actually lies behind these glossy shots. We visit him in Thailand. Richard has no permanent residence. He jets around the world all year round.
He is currently in Phuket for a few days. Definitely "king of the hill" here. Working where other make vacation. That's Richard's motto. Hi! There you are! Hi! How are you? Howdy David! Yes I'm glad! This is Philip. How are you doing? Every thing OK? Understood? I'm sweating a little. It's definitely nice here. It's awesome where you are, dude! Welcome to Thailand. Violent. He and 20 others have rented a place at the
holiday resort. The guys here are part of his team.
Richard invited her. Here's the bathroom? Bathroom, walk-in closet. Small jacuzzi, bathtub,
whatever outside. The 17,000 euros in hotel rent
are on his cap. That's peanuts for Richard. Through my one project
I make about 800,000 a year. Then, through investments, things are
going very, very, very well. I made almost 200,000 euros this year just from the price increase
of Bitcoin. Yourself? Yes. That's not a little. Millionaire are you easy? Well, I've definitely made a little
over a million already. Yes. And that at 24? Yes. Richard earns his money with currency speculation.
How exactly, more on that later. In any case, besides his job, he has enough
time for a nice tourist program. Although I quickly notice that such excursions
are part of his self-marketing. When swimming with elephants, he is accompanied by
two cameramen. Everything is then shared on Instagram. Richard's Message: Look, you can have a life like
that too. But he doesn't see himself as a seller. But as someone who inspires people. I've always known that I have many, many
things that can help humanity. Just my views. In any case, the core message is to become the best version of yourself. So, some people might come here and prefer to ride the elephants. Instead of coming here and taking care of the elephants, feeding them and bathing them and just really building
friendships with animals too, like, yeah.
He definitely enjoys the
elephants. He is inspired by the pachyderms. Richard's pretty much a businessman. But when I
see him playing with the elephants, hey, I realize how young he is. He's 24. And so playful with these elephants. And that's when it really struck me, even though they
all earn hundreds of thousands of euros in some cases, that
they're really just all just children.
Life as a half Insta celebrity. It brings benefits. Richard is repeatedly invited, for example,
by hotels and restaurants. And the women here also expect
something from its reach. The models once took part in "Thailand's next
top model". In Phuket they are shooting a docu-soap. Richard and two of his buddies are allowed to
take part as extras. In the end, the whole thing looks like this
on YouTube: Richard prevailed. He will not be reserved. But pulled to the toilet. I just noticed before that: If you have good vibes, you attract other people with good vibes. We just flew here and thought: "Hey, it would be cool if we got to know people here
." I didn't think it would end like this either
. But it's really cool. Richard says of himself that he is a spiritual
person. All the bling, bling on Instagram and Co.
– none of that would mean much to him.
Yes, I mean social media in general. People just act like they
want to do something good because they think it's good in front of the camera. But in reality they only care about
themselves, making as much money as possible, not paying their employees properly. He thinks and acts differently, says Richard. Some of his Instagram posts
almost sound a bit critical of capitalism. For example, he writes: "Welcome to today's world,
where money means more than family and God." Explain how that fits together? Your, yes, relatively good life that you
lead with this saying that these things seem to be much more important than other
things? So, how does that fit together? Yes, in the end wearing nice things
is not reprehensible in my opinion. Being in nice hotels . What most people don't understand,
and that's why they never have the success that deep down they would like to have,
the point is that they think that somewhere spirituality and doing good for people
and making money and doing good for yourself are two things that are completely
But what they don't know is that the Dalai Lama
also wears Prada loafers. Aha. I didn't know. I don't know where Richard got the info from. But the Dalai Lama's wisdom coupled
with business acumen of a Steve Jobs where in between, I have the feeling,
Richard sees himself. However, shooting with him is sometimes
quite difficult. It is now the third day in a row that
he has transferred us. Is a bit difficult with him. And I don't know exactly whether it's because
he somehow doesn't trust us or doesn't want to let us get to him,
or whether he's just overwhelmed.
But it's really difficult for us because we're
sitting here in Thailand and we want to shoot with him and it just doesn't really work out. But then it still works. He sends something. Richard shows us exactly what he does now for
his money. IMarketsLive – IML for short is the name of the company
for which he works as a freelance salesman. On the Internet platform
people should learn how they
can earn money with speculation on currencies. Access to IML costs 200 euros
in the first month. A little less in the following. There are tools, explanatory videos and allegedly
hot tips from traders.
The promise: Everyone should be able to
learn how to make dough on the stock exchange. We already have people who make
very, very good money directly from trading in the first month. We've
helped single moms quit their jobs and take care of their families full-
time. Lots of different examples. But some people need longer to understand the
whole thing, of course. But are there also people who
fall flat on their faces with it? The bottom line is that if you
use it properly, you don't. Later in the film we meet people
who see things a little differently. That's a pretty blatant promise. Because stock exchanges are actually something quite
complex. With Richard, it certainly sounds like
it's all a piece of cake. No idea if that's right. Richard became rich through
so-called multi-level marketing.
Also called network marketing. Whenever he gets someone to pay to sign up with IML, Richard gets a share of the revenue
that customer brings to the platform. If you have three customers, you will ultimately bring the company 400 to 450 euros in sales. And earn 140 to 180 euros
a month passively. If you have an organization of 12 clients,
you earn $600-$650 passively. $150 every week. By the way, Richard's is
around 15,000 euros. The week. He not only earns
from directly recruited customers. There is also a revenue share when people he brought to IML refer others. So when his boys get new
customers here, Richard earns with them. And even if these new
customers eventually recruit someone, Richard's team will also share in
the sales. You now have to decide whether you
want to take some of it or not. At the time I said: Oh, yes! Because: Imagine that there are
1,000 euros on your table every day. Would you touch them, or would you say:
No, no, that's not for me.
Potential customers are
usually written to on Facebook or Instagram. Then the so-called calls follow: You have probably asked yourself in the
last few days, the last weeks, the last months, or the last years:
How can I change something in my life? You said you want to be free,
you want some more money, yes? You probably can't fly here, can you? Exactly, I couldn't do that
three years ago either. Three years ago I didn't know where I wanted to be
in five years. Three years ago I didn't even know
how to pay my [ __ ] rent.
The story of rags to riches. It's used quite often here. Çüş! It all seems so easy. And to really motivate your sales team,
there is also what is known as masterminding. Richard's topic here: personal development. Make some music. And a little exercise. Everyone stand up! no fun I also wanted to do the typical
motivational [ __ ]. No, I'm definitely extremely happy that
you're all here. I'm definitely grateful for what
we've built over the last 18, 19 months. Yes, but if we can really add value to people at scale
, then we can really make a difference. For this I also asked you to let go, to
make room for new things, that you bring the most important thing you have
in life with you.
Diego will be walking around and bagging your most important item. And so, among
other things, an expensive iPhone ended up in the bag… …and a valuable chain. Diego is going to the beach now. And then the surprise: The sack is
now to be buried in the sand. Need a little chill time? Definitely not so well received
at first, the motivational trick of letting go. I just felt that many
of you are at a point where you're getting too attached to what
you have right now. And as a result are not open and ready for
new things. Well, after almost 1.5 hours of
masterminds, I can no longer really follow Richard. But his bros, they think it's great. And that, although the iPhone is gone. I think you just threw your phone
in that box. Yes, exactly. Many would swallow now.
How are you doing with that right now? In fact, I'm doing extremely well.
Don't know why, but I really wouldn't feel like it, yes, if I saw this cell phone again. So, I'm glad it happened because of that.
Because now I can do a kind of reset like that. I think it's great to start all over again. Say, what is Richard to you? Is he a mentor?
how would you describe him I would say that he is an extremely,
extremely inspiring person for me. He definitely gets me on
a much, much higher frequency every time, yes, and thanks to him I've already learned a lot of crazy things. I often learn things from him
that I don't really understand. And, it's really difficult to describe
what kind of person he is to me. But definitely a person who has a
very, very big impact on me and my whole life. Oh, by the way, the bag wasn't really
buried. The boys all got their stuff back. In order to win new customers, Richard
and his colleagues regularly invite to events.
Like here in Zurich. The audience is quite young. Most here are in their 20s. Richard's business partner, Miguel,
explains how IMarkets Live works. And he tells how he was made aware of the business by an acquaintance. Then he said: What are your doubts? Why are you doubting the whole thing? Why do you think it's not working? So I said: Yes, it sounds way too nice.
Why should you still go to work? Why doesn't everyone do this?
That's impossible. Then he said to me, I will never
forget that in my life, he said to me: Hey Miguel, if you want to know how a
Coca Cola tastes, what do you have to do? you try! And then I couldn't say anything more. Then I took the money. started. Tried the whole thing. Have started trading. Made my first profits, made my first
minus. More and more behind. And at one point I made more money
from morning until 12 noon when my mom was working all
day. Only with the smartphone. With Miguel, too, it all sounds
totally simple and uncomplicated again. This is followed by the appearance of the star guest of the evening: many people drove up today because of him.
And just wanted to watch
how he talks, what he says. Because, he's definitely a role model, and an idol for
a lot, a lot, a lot of people out there. And, believe me, for the people who are new here
, you're probably thinking I'm edifying a god right now. Yes I do. Just wait until he's done talking, okay? And check out his lifestyle video, it
's definitely brutally awesome. And then it's Richard's
turn to promote IML. A lot of people just don't understand, this
industry and what we do, that it does a lot of good.
Good things like
IMarketsLive's compensation plan. Richard throws
around pretty big numbers there too. The top earners in the company currently make
six figures a week. These are numbers that I could not have imagined when I first got to
know online marketing five years ago . Then there is a question and answer session. A young man wants to know
where Richard learned all this. I've started reading hundreds of books,
rarely read the end. But the most important information
is always at the beginning of a book. Because when you're writing a book,
you naturally want the reader to stay engaged. And that you give a lot of information at the beginning. Because a lot of people don't read books to the
end. I know that. And that's why I make sure that
I read as many books as possible. And then Richard reports on his
plans for the next year. So I will now
take over the charity part for IML, which we are launching at the end of this year, early
next year. And there my goal is
to raise 50 to 100 million. For charitable projects. Then in addition, together with two of my business partners, we will release a Hollywood film next year.
I want to have properties on every single
continent to secure my family. My current family and my future family. Definitely build schools. Has he made up his mind, Richard. He definitely convinced the crowd with his
presentation. I wish you a
wonderful evening. It's okay, isn't it? Take care of yourselves! Thank you! Take care. Your Yeezy Bro are coming off. The lights yes! The messages of wealth and
You get caught. Even with this 17-year-old warehouse clerk. How likely do you think it is that
you will live like that one day? Yes? However, not everyone sees it that way. Wolf Brandes is a financial market
expert and took a closer look at IMarketsLive for the consumer advice center: Mr. Brandes, please tell me
what kind of complaints did you receive from the consumer advice center on the subject of IMarketsLive? Illegal Ponzi schemes or pyramid schemes
are fraudulent schemes with overpriced or non-existent products.
Only if new customers and thus new
money are constantly being added will they remain. When that no longer works at some point,
these systems collapse. So far, however, there is nothing more than the suspicion
of some customers that IMarketsLive could be an illegal Ponzi scheme. Now IMarketsLive is supposed to teach
you how to trade, for example how to make money with currency speculation. From their perspective: How risky is the whole thing? For Richard, these allegations are not new. He is deliberately relaxed. How do people come to write on the Internet:
This is a Ponzi scheme? Just think how many people there are who work
in a job who are unhappy. For example, seeing people from me or from my organization and then thinking: Yes, that's all illegal.
That can't work. The imagination just isn't there. But just because other people can't
imagine that it's possible and legal doesn't mean it's illegal. But they simply have too little information. They have no knowledge. Prejudice. Are these the people I want in my
company? Are these the people I
want around me? Who have no idea what they're talking about
because it's obviously wrong.
But then have the time on the internet
to write some [ __ ]. To be honest: I
have respect and love for everyone, but I can't really take it seriously. IML isn't the first network marketing
company Richard has done sales for. It all started with him five years ago. In his home country of Saxony-Anhalt. Richard shows
us the village he comes from in his 140,000 euro car. Exactly, here is the first
property I bought back then. With my grandpa. We bought it here and then
refurbished and renovated the entire property and then rented it out. From the East German province into the wide world. Richard doesn't look like it when he was at school
. In the eleventh grade he dropped out of high school. In Magdeburg he begins an apprenticeship as an
insurance salesman. But at some point he doesn't
feel like it anymore. When you're 18 and then squeeze yourself into a suit that
doesn't really fit you for 50 euros. Then you have a piece of paper with the addresses of former
existing customers from Signal Iduna, where you then drive across Saxony-Anhalt and
simply ring or knock on people's doors and then introduce yourself as an 18-year-old.
And over time I realized that
it's not what my mission is. I wasn't born
to tell you how important car insurance is. He got into network marketing while he was still
studying. He sells energy drinks. His mother Annett is not very enthusiastic about it at first
. Yes, and then he showed up with a
healthy energy drink from America. And for me it was just a doorknocker.
Vacuum cleaner salesman. Tupperware. Like I said, I wasn't really thrilled. I also preferred to think, yes, something more solid. mathematics professor. mathematics professor. Yes, I also found the training to be an insurance salesman and finance clerk, of course that sounds good.
But what are you doing? You give people things they don't need. Incidentally, the energy drink is
no longer available. Authorities in several countries had
accused the company behind the drink of having set up an illegal pyramid scheme.
Richard eventually joined IMarketsLive in 2017 via other network marketing firms. There, he says, he is now Europe's
number one sales partner. All over the world he praises IML. And throws out his wisdom : His mother is also often present at the
events. He learned a lot from her, says Richard. The trained lettering artist has been
self-employed since reunification. Richard is raised by her alone. He doesn't know his father. And here I abused you as a model. The first deals were closed back then. Annett is proud of what has become of her
son. I also experience at events how people
approach me and are so, yes, so proud that Richard is there. I have Pippi in my eyes
when he's on stage. I just love connecting with
people there. Because a lot of people ask me how I
saw it that way. Because many are of course at home… Well, network marketing isn't like that… Not like that… How do I put it? Doesn't have a very good reputation either.
I don't understand why, yes. He says he knows why. Daniel Hirschböck is involved
in currency speculation with his own products in the business. Like Richard, he was a sales partner at IML for a good six months. But then he gets scruples. Although he was earning well at the time,
Daniel ended up with IML. Daniel says IML's trading tips have
mostly been down the drain. The software offered
is much cheaper elsewhere. And the core product of IML, the learning videos, you can even get them for free on broker
platforms. Daniel had 500 people at
IML at the time. Only a handful really deserved anything. It was bad business for many. In Berlin I meet Richard for
a final conversation. Befitting his status, he is accommodated in one
of the most expensive hotels in the city.
He's here because he wants to start a new business with
a friend. In addition to IML, Richard is now also doing
crystals. And there, too, he believes – as always –
in big business. So, now, in the next 14 months, we'll be making seven-figure sales. And then in the long term definitely eight digits,
maybe even nine digits. But then that goes from 100 to 900 million,
that's quite a number. But anything below that is definitely realistic. I didn't actually come here
to look at jewellery. But to talk about the things
that Daniel Hirschböck and the financial expert Wolf Brandes told me about IML.
We spoke to a consumer advocate. And he said it's not that easy
to make money with cryptocurrencies and with
speculation on currencies. And he said: keep your hands off it. What do you say? Well, I'm basically a very big fan
of consumer protection. And yes, you really have to deal with it. I wouldn't recommend anyone right now in any way
to put all their savings in a trading account somewhere or put them into cryptocurrency,
not diversify, not watch the markets and treat it like the lottery. That does not work. But it is a fact that you can earn money on the financial market
. And I see the
results of my organization myself. And we put an absolute focus on training
and that people really build their business profitably.
Now there is also a person who
you probably know too. He used to be at IML. He's very open about it, saying it doesn't work. Daniel Hirschbock. I don't know if he'll tell you anything about the
name. And he says the products are not good at IML. Ok, Daniel Hirschböck actually promotes his own products, plus promotes brokerage products. It's important who you listen to. Because if people have a self-interest in their "grievances," I don't know if they should be given
such a platform. Good, but we didn't just talk to him, we
also talked to a consumer advocate. He has no personal interest.
And he says: Keep your hands off IML! Yes, consumer advocates always say that you should
keep your hands off everything that is not normal. But I find it rather dangerous
to work for someone else for 50 years, to be honest.
I've seen it in my own family. Yes. Yes, and that is life-threatening. And then this Daniel also says that
he left IML after six months because he couldn't
reconcile recommending these products to people with his conscience. How easy can you sleep with what
you do with IML? I sleep very well, my family sleeps
very well. And my 5,500 partners and customers sleep
very well every night. For six months we followed Richard around the world. We tried to get close to him. We didn't succeed. It almost seems as if he is shielding himself from his world of
Instagram likes, luxury hotels and mindset appearances. Richard is a young man who
wants to be noticed. want to achieve something. Like many his age. But is IML really the right thing for this? We have our doubts about that.
Yes, thank you very much for watching Philipps and
my film about Richrd Büttner. I think we accompanied him for almost half a
year. Definitely was a trip. Yes, you will comment anyway
what you think of Richard Büttner's life and lifestyle. And if you are still interested in
learning more about network marketing, then you are welcome to watch the film by the colleagues
from Ctrl-F. And then, as always, we'll come back with a Q&A
in a few days..