Up The Gains, Money Made Simple

Christopher H. Loo, MD-PhD
16 min readSep 3, 2022

Sammie Ellard-King (Up The Gains)

Photo by Julia Larson

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Christopher H. Loo, MD-PhD: Today we have Sammie Ellard-King, but he goes by Sammie. Based in the UK, and he’s the founder of Up the Gains, Money Made Simple. And he’s going to be talking about all about financial habits, finances, what’s going on with the markets today, saving and investing. So, Sammie, welcome.

Sammie Ellard-King: Hi, Chris. Thanks for having me.

Christopher H. Loo, MD-PhD: Yeah, I know, we had talked backstage and we connected on PodMatch. And it’s been absolutely fantastic and fabulous to have you. So tell us more about your backstory, what got you started, and we’ll go from there.

Sammie Ellard-King: Yeah so I’ve always been a serial entrepreneur as such, probably quite badly in my younger years. So I started my own business when I was 18. I took my student loan money and started an event instead of spending it on cheap booze like everybody else in my university. So I’ve always had that habit in me. But I was one of the youngest heads of marketing in the UK at 25. So I work in hospitality, maybe in food, bars, music. So now, I co-own a company with a couple of friends of mine, we have a few venues in the UK. So I’ve been doing that for about 12 years now.

When it comes to investing, I’ve been investing for about eight years. I’m self taught, and have some very good friends that work for hedge funds. So I’ve been quite lucky to have some good teachers along the way. I got looped into some pretty good email chains, etc, which was good back in the day of picking up some stock…

Christopher H. Loo, MD-PhD

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