DRAGONS’ Den is returning with its eighteenth series, featuring a panel of familiar investors. But who are the Dragons in the latest series?
DRAGONS’ Den is returning with its eighteenth series, featuring a panel of familiar investors.
But who are the Dragons in the latest series?
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Who are the Dragons’ Den dragons?
This year, newcomers to the den Sara Davies and Tej Lalvani are back – appearing alongside Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones and Touker Suleyman.
Let’s find out a little more about each of them.
Deborah Meaden is a 62-year-old business woman and star of Dragons’ Den.
Born in Somerset, Deborah grew up in Essex before moving back to the West Country.
She first got a taste for business when leading paid pony rides along the beach in Minehead at the age of eight.
As of 2017, she is estimated to be worth around £46m.
Peter David Jones, CBE was born March 18, 1966.
He is a British entrepreneur and businessman with interests in mobile phones, television, media, leisure and property.
He is the last original panellist on Dragons’ Den and on American television series American Inventor.
He has an estimated wealth of £475 million.
Touker Suleyman was born on August 4, 1953, in Famagusta.
He was born into a Turkish-Cypriot family and later moved to England and attended school in Peckham, south London.
He is a multi-millionaire retail and fashion entrepreneur. In 2001 his company Low Profile Group bought famed shirtmaker Hawes & Curtis for just £1.
In 2015 The Sunday Times Rich List estimated Touker as having a fortune worth £150million.
Sara Davies, MBE, is an entrepreneur and television personality who was born in Coundon, County Durham in 1984.
The businesswoman founded her craft supplier company, Crafter’s Companion, in 2005 while studying for a business degree at York University.
It was her ground-breaking product called The Enveloper that she designed and marketed that put her on the map – selling over 8,000 in the first 24 hours of being debuted on shopping channel Ideal World.
By the time she had graduated with her degree – with first-class honours no less – she had a business with a turn over of over half a million pounds.
Sara’s company now employs over 200 people across the globe and according to the entrepreneur the company’s turnover is over £34million.
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Tej Lalvani was born on July 13, 1974 – that makes him 46.
He is the CEO of Vitabiotics – the largest vitamin company in the UK by value sales with a current group turnover of over £300 million a year.
Working with the company for 20 years, he has worked his way through the company including as a forklift driver before getting the CEO position.
He inherited the company from his father, Kartar Lalvani – who founded Vitabiotics in 1971 and still remains as chairman.
Tej Lalvani has a reported net worth of £275 million.