Yianni Charalambous, or Yiannimize, is a British entrepreneur, businessman, TV personality, and a YouTube star.
This 43-year old auto enthusiast is a founder and owner of Yiannimize Refined, which is a company that wraps and designs celebrity cars.
The success of this car customizing company was the premise of a TV series on Dave, a British television channel, under the name of “Yanni: Supercar Customiser”.
Yanni started his YouTube Channel on January 14, 2014, and, from that moment on, has been posting videos about cars he is working on, as well celebrities whose cars he is designing, which brought him over 1.4 million YouTube subscribers.
He has worked with Gordon Ramsay, Anthony Joshua, Harry Styles, and many Premier League stars.
Yanni Charalambous was born on July 16, 1976, in London, England, where he was raised as well.
As you can tell by his name, Yanni has Greek origins. His ancestors come from Cyprus.
Yannimize attended St. Gregory’s Secondary School in Kenton.
However, he has no issues with talking about his education, as he didn’t finish college.
Still, this guy came up with an awesome business idea and made millions.
Yianni has been passionate about cars since he was a kid. He used to pack his toy cars into perfect order, which was a sign to his parents.
What is more, Yianni’s love for cars has been obvious since he was two or three years old.
Speaking of his first attempts, Yianni’s first car was a Ford Fiesta. However, as it seemed boring to him, he decided to change it a bit – wheels, tinted the windows and added a bit of kit.
This was when Yianni was 17 years old.
It took some time for Yianni to start his own wrapping business, so he had to work at Marks & Spencer, Do It All, and at a milkshake shop.
Since January 14, 2014, when Yianni started his YouTube channel, and March 7, when he published his first YouTube video, he gained a lot of popularity thanks to his hobby, and now business – car wrapping.
He has worked on stunning Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Porches, and Ferraris, wrapping and designing expensive interiors as well as exteriors.
There is no dream car Yianni can’t turn into reality. Starting price in his garage in Enfield, North London, goes from £2,000 to £10,000.
In terms of preparation, an average wrap takes three to five days.
After a car comes in his garage, the stuff washes it first, then goes the stripping (taking off wing mirrors, bumpers, doors, and door handles).
Then Yianni wraps the vehicle in the vinyl, which is perfect preparation for a vehicle to be fitted back together and re-cleaned.
Of course, this is just a simplified explanation of what Yiannimize does, as all great artists tend to keep the secret to their work for themselves.
Do you remember One Direction’s tour van with the Scooby Doo? Yanni and his team wrapped it!
First footballer Yianni worked with was Bacary, who was his best friend back then, and it still is to this day.
Yianni customized Bacary’s Range Rover in gloss white, put TVs in the car, and fixed it sound to perfection.
Once Bacary’s teammates saw his Range Rover, everyone wanted Yainnimize to customize their cars.
Yanni appreciates their friendships so much that he had a mural with him painted on a wall inside his workshop.
The world about amazing Yiannimaze work spread among Arsenal players, who started parking their cars outside Yianni’s garage day after day, waiting for their turn to get a customized car.
Yet, the story didn’t end here, as some pop stars (Marvin Humes, for example) wanted his wife’s Range Rover customized. Marvin was so amazed once the work was done that he invited Yianni to their Christmas party.
Just as we mentioned above, Yianni worked with Harry Styles. They met right at the Christmas party at Marvin’s, and the rest is history.
As these two clicked right away, Yianni gave Harry his Porsche Cayenne, so that he could try it out and see if he would want to customize his car as well.
Even though Yianni told Harry to look after his wheels, the moment he picked up the car, he noticed that all four wheels were completely battered, while Harry managed to scratch it somehow as well.
Yet, this wasn’t an obstacle for Yianni, and these two started working together after only a few days.
Yiannimize worked with William Gallas and customized his Mercedes SLR convertible, as well as with Didier Drogba and John Terry, Chelsea stars.
Terry wanted his Mercedes Viano to have a custom interior, including a big screen, Play Station, and two big reclining seats.
John wanted to be able to park wherever he wants and just sit at the back and spend a couple of hours playing Play Station.
On the other hand, Drogba wanted his SLR to be wrapped into carbon white – a lavish design.
Yianni also worked with Sergio Aguero, Theo Walcott, Djibril Cisse, and many more.
Djibril Cisse wanted a snakeskin exterior and interior design for his Cadillac Escalade and Yannimize met up his expectations when it comes to this type of outrageous wrap.
Yianni remembers a situation with William Gallas and El Hadji Diouf.
Both of them wanted the same wrap, but there was no way for one of them to give up the initial idea. Yianni found himself in-between, while the fact William and El Hadji couldn’t stand one another made everything even more awkward.
Footballers don’t like having anything similar to each other, not to mention they don’t want to have the same car like everybody else.
Conor McGregor wanted Yianni to design and wrap his plane for the Mayweather super fight, but he had to refuse the offer due to time constraints.
The entire Premier League squad got same blue BMW i8s as a bonus in 2016. However, as the players didn’t want to have the same cars, they decided to call Yianni and customize all of them.
As Yianni’s first series on Dave went very well, he decided to film a new season. The premiere was held in Mayfair on January 10, 2019, where Yianni enjoyed with his army of stuff.
His first series brought him almost 500,000 new views, which was a big motivation for him to returned to television screens.
Yianni spoke very emotionally at the premiere to his stuff and his friends before they got the chance to watch the first and second episode of the new series.
The night before the premiere, Yianni announced new series will show some crazy stuff to the audience, such as wrapping a van or turning a car into a learner vehicle.
Also, the new series opened the door to Yianni’s Lamborghini Urus collection, which amazed everybody.
One of the celebrities that showed up in the first episode of “Yanni: Supercar Customiser” was David Haye, ex-professional boxer, who wanted Yianni to change his wife’s Rolls Royce color.
One of the guests was Xiaver Barnett, a professional singer and life coach, who described Yianni’s success as exceptional. These two has been friends for 20 years now.
The new season of series approaches real-life issues of the main characters and celebrities to the audience, which was exactly what they appreciated so much.
Speaking about the future, Yiannimaze has some plans for taking the business abroad – to Dubai or America.
What is more, many of his clients are people who come from rich Arab states, Russians, people from Kazakhstan, and Middle Eastern royal families.
He is aware of the fact he is one of the most known persons in the car customizing industry, and the fact he and his team have worked on some of the high-end cars no one else can work on nowadays.
Did you know wrapping your car can actually save you some money?
Yanni says that many of his creations provide better resale value for the moment when clients want to purchase a new vehicle.
He makes some extra profit through buying cars, customizing them, and then selling at a huge profit margin.
Speaking of Yianni’s YouTube channel, he has 1.4 million subscribers who helped him accumulate over 200 million views until 2019.
When it comes to daily views, this number evolves around 200,000, which further generates revenue of $800 per day.
As obvious, Yanni follows trends, which relates to accepting cryptocurrencies as a means of payment in his shops. This attracted even more customer to Yannimize recently.
Yannimize tends to keep his personal life private.
However, he can’t hide how proud he is as a father and posts pictures of him and his sons on social media like Instagram all the time.
As Yanni is a famous YouTuber, he sometimes shows his kids in the garage, as they have plans of following dad’s steps.
Full Name: Yianni Charalambous
Date of Birth: July 16, 1976
Birthplace: London, England
Profession: YouTuber, TV star, entrepreneur, businessman
Net Worth: $10 million