DrIt’s economical go up Germany has many faces. One of them is Nabil Al-Siddiq. The friend has a black beard, a bald head – and company. Since 2008 he has been running the iPhoneStudio mobile phone repair shop in the Bockenheim district of Frankfurt.

Alexander Wolfers

Economics editor at the Sunday Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper.

“After school, I did an apprenticeship as a clerk in a clothing store,” he says. A degree was out of the question for him: “I wanted to start fast and make money straight away.” His father was also trained as an auto mechanic. His grandfather came from Morocco as a guest worker.

Al-Sadiq worked at Zara but did not stay there long. “I’ve noticed how much sales they make and how much the employees get from it.” So he founded his mobile phone store at the age of 23. “Back then, there were almost no iPhones, and most cell phones were really old things,” he says with a laugh. He acquired the necessary knowledge himself: “I started fixing cell phones for neighborhood kids and kept going.” He now has three employees.

Nabil Al-Sadiq, 37, in his mobile phone shop


Nabil Al-Sadiq, 37, in his mobile phone shop
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Photo: Maximilian von Lachner


The 37-year-old friend describes himself as a social climber. And he says to him independence The reason for this rise. It is just one example among many of how children from working-class families can be better off financially than their parents. Independence is especially important for this, as new research shows.

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