Katie Price, who has a fortune of £45million, has said she has always been a business woman.
She started at the age of 12 by selling recordings of her singing songs for £1.
Price told The Sun: "I was very shrewd from a young age. I remember going to a pet shop with my mum aged about nine and there was a black rabbit that I desperately wanted but she said `No'.
"I thought to myself, `I'm going to have that rabbit', and when we got home I found Mum's cheque book and wrote out and signed one in her name for the price of the rabbit.
"I posted it off to the pet shop and they phoned back a few days later and asked to check some details with my mum. I was grounded for a week."
The former glamour model said her upbringing made her appreciate that you have to work hard for success.
She explained: "My mum's friend gave me the Kylie song Tears On My Pillow for my 12th birthday and I also got a tape recorder so I used it to record that song and others off the radio and sell them for £1.
"I've always loved the thrill of making money."
The 34-year-old added: "My family had to work to survive and we were all very enterprising. I remember when it was windy my dad would send my brother and me out putting leaflets through doors, asking people if they wanted their fences mending."
Price concluded: "Sometimes I look round my home and think, `How on earth did I get here?' I'm proud of my business empire but most of all I'm proud of the fact that no one would ever have believed I could do it."
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