Rugby-ace James Haskell argues that talent must be rewarded

James Haskell, rugby player from England, wants to lower the rate of income tax for high earners and athletes, because he believes that talent must be rewarded.

Haskell, 33, plays for Northampton Saints and lives in a five-bedroom house in Northamptonshire with his wife Chloe Madeley, 31, daughter of Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.

The couple got married last month. Haskell reveals that he had no idea that he was dating the daughter of the famous couple until he saw Richard's photo on the wall of Chloe's house.

Star player: James Haskell on the field for England

Star player: James Haskell on the field for England

Star player: James Haskell on the field for England

He has been investing in a pension since he was 19 and is trying to save as much as possible. His best financial year was 2016 when he earned almost six figures.

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What is it like to have Richard and Judy as your in-laws?

They are great. I could not blame them. In fact, I think they are two of the nicest people on earth. I love them. Richard makes me laugh. He loves rugby and he is really a good guy.

I saw them on the couch like everyone else, but when I went to Chloe on my first date, I did not know she was their daughter. Only when I stayed in her house and saw Richard's photos on the wall, it came as a topic of conversation.

What did your parents teach you about money?

James and his wife Chloe, daughter of Richard and Judy

James and his wife Chloe, daughter of Richard and Judy

James and his wife Chloe, daughter of Richard and Judy

To ensure, enjoy and work hard for it. Both parents were workaholics and that wiped me. They built their own company for promotional gifts and broke their backs to let me and my brother run through public education. They wanted to give us the best opportunities in life and because we were not rich, it meant sacrificing.

There were absolutely times when the money was tight. Owning your own business can be stressful. We were expected to appreciate everything we had. I wonder if, if they look back now, they would have saved the money they spent on our education and used elsewhere.

What was the first paid job you ever did?

When I was 15, I got a job with promotional leaflets at an exhibition in London with a latex Tony Blair mask. I was paid £ 50 for two days of work.

Have you ever struggled to make ends meet?

No. I'm lucky. Since I was 17 I am a professional rugby player, so I have always been relatively good.

Have you ever gotten crazy money?

Yes I have. A few times to do things such as attending dinners and speaking at events. I think the fees were not far away from £ 10,000 for about an hour of my time.

What was the best financial year of your life?

It was 2016. I signed a one-year extension for my rugby contract, I played a lot for England and I also got a lot of work from the field. I probably deserved almost six digits that year.

What is the most expensive you have bought for your pleasure?

It was a pair of night vision goggles for £ 2,000. I bought them to use when I went to photograph, but it was a waste of money.

What is your biggest money mistake?

I got involved in a sales plan with pyramids when I was 20. I was not put in that hard. I lost just £ 700, but I invited my friends to view a presentation. As they walked out, they shook me by the hand and said things like: "Be careful & # 39; and & # 39; good luck & # 39 ;. That was when I realized that I had made a mistake.

The best money decision you made?

I bought my house in the Midlands at 29 o'clock. I needed somewhere near Coventry at that time and I was lucky enough to buy a five-bedroom house as my first home. I hope it has increased in value since I bought it, but that is not the reason why it is my best money decision. It gave me safety. I also have a house that I am proud of and no more money wasted on rent.

  James Haskell spends about £ 1,000 every three months on new technology, such as drones

  James Haskell spends about £ 1,000 every three months on new technology, such as drones

James Haskell spends about £ 1,000 every three months on new technology, such as drones

Are you investing in a pension or shares?

Yes I do. It is not my passion, I am not the Wolf of Wall Street, but I have a financial adviser who helps me decide which funds to invest my savings in and I have saved a pension since I was 19 years old.

I think if you can afford to get rid of part of your salary, you should do that because you need it when you're older. I like to know that I have that security. I try to save as much as possible.

What is the only luxury that you treat yourself to?

New technology. Whether it's a camera, a drone or a laptop, I'll be the first to get it and then it's outdated. I will probably spend £ 1,000 on new technology every three months.

If you were a chancellor, what is the first thing you would do?

I would lower the tax rates for high earners and athletes. You punish people because they are good at what they do. If you excel in something and you get good money, you have to pay more tax, which is strange.

Everyone with talent must be rewarded, not punished. I would also increase the tax on junk food to help pay for health care and look at legalization and taxation of marijuana. Then I would invest that money in treatment centers for drug users.

What is your main financial priority?

To make sure that I have money in the bank, so that if I want to let my hair go in the future, I can.