@FuxWithMichael – My new role model

By: Elva Valadez

I came across the Instagram account for Michael “Fux” Fuchs while browsing the “Explore” pages. His Instagram has a massive following of 74 thousand people all interested in his extensive photos of his exotic garage. I followed instantly, I loved seeing the Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Bugattis, then I became curious.

In an interview with Bed Times Magazine, Michael Fux talked about his journey to today; Fux was 15 when he and his family emigrated to the U.S from Cuba. He has always been a car guy, not afraid of getting his hands dirty and worked in the industry buying and selling several small ventures before the age of 20, and by the age of 30 Fux was the Vice President of the Hecht Co., a large department store chain, but his eye for glitter kept him motivated.

Fux founded Sleep Innovations with $3,000 in sales and sold the company at $300 Million in sales in 2005. While always keeping a clear view of his goals and using his knowledge and skills, Fux was able to open a new business, Comfort Revolution. He will begin producing foam mattresses for major international brands like Posturepedic, Stearns & Foster, and Bassett Furniture. Fux has a true passion for innovation, and applies his constantly adapting outlook to his personal life as well.

“Growing up, I bought clunkers because I couldn’t afford anything else. I promised myself that one day, when I could, I’d get them all.”

Fux owns 129 vehicles, including 25 Ferraris, 12 Porches, 11 Aston Martins and 6 Rolls-Royces. Since Fux has a very close relationship with Rolls Royce, they are currently using his expertise to create something completely new red carbon fiber for the interior, instead of the classic wood look.

A post shared by Michael Fux (@fuxwithmichael) on Mar 13, 2017 at 3:02pm PDT

 

I know what you’re thinking; this man has TOO much money. Since Fux doesn’t come from wealth and has encountered adversity and a couple of flops or failures he learned to stay persistent to achieve the lifestyle he wants, but also to remember where he came from.

In 2006 Fux began the Michael Fux Foundation, a non-profit aimed towards terminally and extremely ill children and their families.

“The Michael Fux Foundation believes – and urges others to believe – that empathetic and enduring relationships are our society’s most essential form of wealth.”

Fux recently donated $1 million to the Monmouth Medical Center and continues to donate to the cause of those families stricken with illness. After looking at the Michael Fux Foundation website I was curious about the Instagram for the organization. The Instagram for the MFF has not a single post. I found this odd, since Fux is a philanthropist and a very successful entrepreneur, with a pretty InstaFamous page. Fux has influence over a large population and over a very powerful group of people as well. Michael Fux has the ability to make non-profits a cool thing. If he honed the strength of his personal page and merged it somehow with the non-profit. The awareness of his organization could spike dramatically, and help his cause.

This kind of “started from the bottom” lifestyle and outlook fueled his desire to grow and I respect and admire that to a level I have never previously felt inspired by from other successful people.

I’ll close with some of my favorite pics from his garage. 🙂

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