Remember That Child Prodigy Oprah Interviewed in 1991? Well, You’ll Want to See Where He Is Now

When James Harries appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show back in 1991, you knew he wasn’t your typical 13-year-old boy. Featured as “Britain’s Youngest Tycoon,” Harries allegedly began a lucrative career when he was only four-years-old by collecting antique items from rummage sells and then reselling them for a profit.

“I was on a documentary and they put me with the average child. Then I saw the difference,” Harries explained to Oprah. “I couldn’t believe it. I really could see what actual people used to say about me. ‘Well, you’re different.’ I actually realized I was.”

Fast forward 24 years later, what was the young tycoon up to?

Well, despite having a successful business (his family even owned a Rolls Royce), when the recession hit, he and his family pretty much lost everything. Harries also realized that he wasn’t a boy, at all.

“It’s wonderful to be seen in America and to explain about my life. My name is now Lauren, and I’m a transgender woman. I’ve been through it all, and I’m here to tell the tale. If I could go back to the little boy I was on ‘The Oprah Show,’ I’d say, ‘This is my advice to you as a 13-year-old-boy… You are a girl. It’s your choice to do something now or to wait,'” Harries says. “I would have done it when I was 13 if I had the chance.”