For a guy who should be dead, Khalil Rafiti is doing pretty well for himself. Just thirteen short years ago, Rafiti was homeless, covered in ulcers, and weighed just 106 pounds. Now, he’s a multimillionaire who spends his time serving organic juice to rock stars and actors in Hollywood.
The 46-year-old one time heroin addict has survived death’s door twice, and has used his recovery as a catalyst to help others thanks to his organic juice company, SunLife Organics. His memoir I Forgot To Die tells of how he survived an intentional IV heroin overdose at a house party in Malibu back in 2001, only to nearly die again after a house he was in was raided by armed intruders.
After spending some time in Los Angeles County Jail, Rafati was given a lifeline by an inmate who recommended that he feign suicidal thoughts in order to be referred to a mental health facility. Whilst there he slowly recovered, and eventually transferred his addictive personality from drugs to dates and dark chocolate.
Head over to the next page to see what he looks like now – and to find out how Rafati ended up a health and wellness millionaire.
In 2007, Rafati opened a sober living house in Malibu. Whilst there, he began making juices filled to the brim with superfoods for the addicts in recovery. Rafati’s first concoction was the Wolverine, a date and banana-based drink that also contained maca, bee pollen and royal jelly.
He said: “It was meant to rejuvenate and strengthen the patients, and give them some much-needed strength. Lethargy in early sobriety is pretty brutal, especially if you’re coming off a long run with hard-core drugs.”
Not long after, news of Rafati’s smoothies began to spread, and orders began to pile in: “So many outsiders came to Riviera Recovery just to enjoy one of my smoothies. It even became a bit embarrassing since many of these people were not part of the Riviera Recovery program.”
Soon after, Rafati opened his first SunLife Organics store thanks to a loan from a professional gambler who has chosen to remain nameless. Rafati now sells 32 kinds of juices, protein shakes, smoothies, and acai bowls at his five stores.