Ukrainian boy buying house for homeless mum after earning fortune aged 17

A Ukrainian schoolboy has pledged to turn his mother’s life around after selling a server for the interactive game Minecraft. Maksym Gavrylenko, a pupil at Lomond School in Helensburgh, Argyll, and Bute, has made “substantial” money after selling the server he ran from his bedroom.

He now plans to buy his homeless mother a house.

The server allows gamers from all over the world to connect and play together.

The 17-year-old boarding school pupil told MailOnline: “I am very proud that I was able to turn my passion into a profitable business and I plan on treating my mother.

“As a result of the war, she was forced to flee her home, leaving her homeless, so to buy her a property will make all the hours spent on this project worthwhile.”

His mother is currently staying with friends in Portugal, but plans to relocate closer to her son.

Other family members of Maksym’s remain in his war-torn homeland.

His grandparents who have lived in Kyiv their whole lives have no plans to leave the city.

His sister stayed in the country as her partner had to sign up to defend Ukraine.

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The teenager who started the project with his friends just for fun said that he never expected that he would be able to make so much money from selling the gaming company.

He said: “We never imagined it would develop into a viable business opportunity, but with guidance from my brother who works in tech, and the school, I was encouraged to explore the possibilities to turn it into something bigger.”

His success comes after he moved from Ukraine to Scotland in 2021 and bought a little-used Minecraft server for £1,000, and in the years that followed he and two friends made changes which resulted in a huge rise in players.

Along with this, advertisers were attracted to the server, and its value increased.

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And due to the influx, Lomond School – which charges fees of £36,200 a year – said a lucrative offer was made by a tech firm, which was accepted in May this year.

As he moves forward, Maksym wants to expand on his knowledge by going to university and has applied to a mixture of UK and overseas universities.

He said: “I don’t know what the future holds, but I’ve always had an interest in business having worked as a part-time translator and a writer in Ukraine.

“As well as having a passion for gaming, I really enjoyed the entrepreneurial side of our project, and I have applied to universities around the world to study business management.”

His preferred choice for university is south of the border in England.

Johanna Urquhart, Lomond School principal, said what Maksym had achieved was ‘absolutely incredible’.

She said: “I have no doubt that this won’t be the last we hear about one of Maksym’s business ventures.”

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