DEBORAH Meaden is one of the more fiery dragons in the den. The hard-nosed businesswoman is one of the moneybags waiting to be impressed on the hit BBC show. So what do we know about her? Here is the lowdown... Deborah Meaden is one of TV"s toughest women Who is Deborah Meaden, how old is she...
DEBORAH Meaden is one of the more fiery dragons in the den.
The hard-nosed businesswoman is one of the moneybags waiting to be impressed on the hit BBC show. So what do we know about her? Here is the lowdown…
Deborah Meaden is one of TV’s toughest women
Who is Deborah Meaden, how old is she and what is her background?
Deborah Meaden is a 58-year-old businesswoman 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.
She then left school at 16 and studied at Brighton Technical College, before setting up a glass and ceramics export agency while living in Italy.
That venture did not work and she returned to the UK and bought a textile franchise.
Having sold that she went into the retail and leisure industries and even operated Prize Bingo in Minehead.
Through the 90s she owned Weststar Holidays and once that had been sold, acquired Fox Brothers, a textile mill, in 2009.
In 2011 she launched The Merchant Fox, a website selling luxury British-made goods.
As of 2017, she is estimated to be worth around £46m.
Deborah with the rest of the dragons when she joined the show in 2003
When did she join Dragons’ Den and what other shows has she been on?
Deborah took over from Rachel Elnaugh on the third series of Dragons’ Den in 2003.
At the time she was the only female dragon, alongside Duncan Bannatyne, Richard Farleigh, Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis.
Currently she is the highest investor on the show by average, investing over £3m in nearly 70 projects.
Then Deborah took part in the 2013 series of Strictly, partnered with Robin Windsor.
She lasted five weeks, with Abbey Clancy eventually winning the series.
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Is Deborah married and what else do we know about her?
Deborah married long-term boyfriend Paul in 1993 and they live in Somerset.
Paul and Deborah met when he was working at Weststar during his university break in 1985, and they do not have children.
In 2009 Deborah released book Common Sense Rules, using a ghost writer.
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