Accidental Millionaires Synopsis 

Over many years spent acting for thousands of owner-managers, I’ve always pondered the common qualities amongst those who make a success of their business.

Some of them were obviously going to be successful. You could see it a mile off.

But many were just ordinary people who started off with nothing but just kept building and building one day at a time, until suddenly they realised that they were actually very well off. In many cases, they didn’t even really know how it had happened or the qualities they possessed which had made it happen.

Accidental millionaires explores the secret mindset that those successful business owners share with sporting legends (even if they don’t realise it themselves).

With contributions from two of Team GB’s greatest and most successful athletes, Steve Backley and Roger Black, Accidental Millionaires draws (often in a light-hearted way) on the experiences and sometimes overwhelming challenges business owners faced as the Pandemic hit in 2020.

Whether you are at the start of your journey, at a crossroads partway through or reflecting on the successes you have had and wondering what’s next, Accidental Millionaires will challenge your thinking, help you address your blind spots and steer you from where you are now to wherever you want to be.

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The authors

Malcolm Palmer

Malcolm Palmer was born in Herne Bay on the North Kent coast in 1967. Obsessed by sport, he dreamed of becoming a sports journalist but happened to be good at maths. A career in accountancy beckoned.

And in 1995, he was given the opportunity to take over an accountancy practice in a small village in Kent.

The lessons learned from the challenges of the pandemic in 2020 and accumulated over 25 years of uninterrupted growth are brought together in Malcolm’s first book, Accidental Millionaires.

Steve Backley

Whilst Malcolm dreamed of being a sports journalist, in another town in Kent, Steve dreamed of running at the Olympics. But Steve soon realised that his physique was better suited to throwing a javelin than running round the track.

Awarded an OBE in 2003, Steve was one of Britain’s most consistent and popular athletes for over a decade. He is the only British track and field competitor to win medals at three different Olympic Games. He also broke the World Record three times and was crowned ‘World Athlete of the Year’ by the IAAF in 1990.

Roger Black

Having represented Great Britain for fourteen years at the highest level in athletics, Roger won fifteen major Championship Medals.

Awarded the MBE in 1995, Roger followed that a year later with his greatest individual achievement the Olympic 400 metres Silver Medal; the first British medallist in the event for 60 years. Roger also won European Gold medals in 1986 and 1990 and Commonwealth gold in 1986

Roger was part of the Gold Medal winning 4 x 400 metres relay team that broke the American dominance of the event at the 1991 World Championships.


After retirement from athletics, Steve and Roger formed the highly successful BackleyBlack limited helping corporate clients achieve peak performance in the workplace.

Since that time, they have joined forces with Legacy Education Alliance, Inc., one of the world’s leading specialists in professional and personal development training.

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  • Why should you read Accidental Millionaires?

    “Well, I could come with a bunch of reason around performance improvement, de-risking your own development journey, optimising your time and effort etc.

    I’ll be more succinct than that… You should read this book because by reading it and applying its content you’ll make it as likely as possible that you’ll succeed in your chosen field.”

    Steve Backley OBE, three-time Olympic medallist, Javelin world record breaker, motivational speaker and property developer and investor