After starting work as a reporter and editor for various local newspapers, Robbie Burns worked as editor of ITV and Channel 4's teletext services. He also wrote ITV’s daily teletext soap opera 'Park Avenue' for five years. He then went on to freelance for various newspapers, including The Independent and The Sun, and also helped set up a financial news service for CNN. In 1997 he became editor of BSkyB's teletext services and set up their shares and finance service. While there he also set up various entertainment phone lines in conjunction with BSkyB, including a Buffy the Vampire Slayer phone line.
He left full-time work in 2001 to trade and run his own businesses, which included a cafe in London that he later sold, doubling his money on the initial purchase.
While at BSkyB, Robbie broadcast a diary of his share trades, which became hugely popular. He transferred the diary to his website, www.nakedtrader.co.uk, which became one of the most-read financial websites in the UK. Between 2002 and 2005 he wrote a column for The Sunday Times, 'My DIY Pension', featuring share buys and sells made for his pension fund, which he runs himself in a SIPP (self-invested personal pension). As chronicled in these articles, he managed to double the money in his pension fund from £40,000 to £80,000 in less than three years. By 2018 he had reached £500,000.
Robbie is one of only 200-odd ISA millionaires in the UK and has made a tax-free profit of more than £2 million from small stakes since 2001, as chronicled in his website updates, and has made a profit every year, even during market downturns, helped by spread betting. He runs about six seminars a year where you can join him for a live day on the markets. And a great lunch. And lots of chocolate. And Mr Whippies.
He is glad he hasn’t had to work properly for so long. Mainly as he isn’t a team player and prefers, if possible, to disrupt teams and make life difficult for them, therefore rendering him totally unemployable.
He lives in Barnes, London, and also has a riverside apartment on the Thames in London with his wife, Elizabeth, and son Christopher. His hobbies include chess, running, swimming, horse racing, eating Mr Whippies, listening to rubbish dance music (especially Calvin Harris, Galantis, Jax Jones, and DNCE) and trading shares from his bedroom, er... naked. After all, he wouldn't be seen dead in a thong (though he has been seen in Speedos). (Don't tell his wife.) His website is updated every two weeks with his latest trades and thoughts on life. His next projects are a fiction paperback, a film script loosely based on his father's adventures as a GP in the 60s and 70s, and a podcast: The Naked Trader Radio Show.