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DRAGONS Den draws to a close with the final episode in its 15th series tonight.
But when’s it on? And who are the new dragons? Here’s everything you need to know about the entrepreneur’s last bid to impress the fearsome dragons…
What is Dragons’ Den and when is it on?
Dragon’s Den concludes tonight, Sunday, February 18, on BBC Two at 8pm.
Budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to five multimillionaires who are willing to invest their own cash to kick-start the businesses.
After each pitch, the Dragons have the opportunity to ask questions about the venture.
The entrepreneurs don’t always have to answer, but of course, what they choose not to address could very well affect the outcome.
A Dragon who, having heard the pitch, does not wish to invest, must declare themselves “out”, implying that they leave the discussion.
The line up this year includes two new Dragons.
Supplement supremo Tej Lalvani and cashpoint queen Jenny Campbell – will be brandishing their chequebooks alongside serial investor Deborah Meaden, technology titan Peter Jones and fashion retail tycoon Touker Suleyman.
Who is Tej Lalvani?
Tej Lalvani 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 replaced Steve Parish on the show for the newest series.
Speaking of his new role, he said: “I’m very excited to be joining the Dragons’ Den line-up. I’m a shrewd investor and I’m looking forward to finding hard working, passionate people to share my business experience and knowledge with.”
Who is Jenny Campbell?
After leaving school at just 16-years-old, enterprising Jenny Campbell’s grew her fortune in the world of banking.
The shrewd businesswoman is the founder of YourCash, an ATM provider that works in several locations across Europe.
YourCash is estimated to turnover £30m and operates more than 5,000 ATMs in the retail and corporate markets.
Jenny’s achievements don’t end there, as she was also one of the senior forces behind the integration of RBS and Natwest in 2000.
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INTO THE DEN
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Which Dragons have remained on the show?
Peter Jones is the longest-serving dragon, appearing in more than 100 episodes since 2005.
The straight-talking tycoon has a string of successful ventures in the mobile phone, television, media, leisure and property industries.
He is estimated to be worth around £475million and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2009.
Another familiar face is gutsy investor Deborah Meaden, who like Jenny Campbell, left school at 16.
She has raked in the cash from a variety of different trades, including West Country textile mill Fox Brothers and operating a Prize Bingo at Butlins.
Last but not least, retail businessman Touker owns a string of lucrative fashion brands.
His companies include UK label Ghost, shirt maker Hawes & Curtis and luxury leather goods start-up Huxley & Cox.
In 2015, The Sunday Times estimated he was worth £150million and listed him 637th in their Rich List.
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