The Cloutology podcast was created by CNN Anchor & Correspondent Max Foster to explore how people broke through to find success in a wide range of fields. Find him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & LinkedIn.

Michael Howard, company chairman

Michael Howard was born in 1960s London and brought up largely by a single mother who struggled to make ends meet. At 17, he was left to fend for himself, juggling several low-paid jobs just to cover his room and board. Then he got a break selling office furniture and he slowly worked his way up through the business until he was in a position to buy it. Maris Interiors now designs and fits out office spaces throughout London and has a turnover of around 100 million pounds a year. Max Foster sat down with Michael in the office he occupies in the shadows of the Shard building to hear his incredible rags to riches story.

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Stig Abell, editor and publisher

Rachel Shabi, journalist and media trainer