Deborah Meaden

Enter the Dragon

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Age:
54
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Star of Dragons' Den
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Entrepreneur and business woman Deborah Meaden is striking a Strictly deal this year, branching out from the Dragons' Den and into the world of ballroom dancing. Famed for her straight-talking no-nonsense approach in the Den, will Deborah breathe fire into her dance routines and turn up the heat on the Strictly dance floor?

I don’t mind being told that I did something wrong, but I will also need to be told that this is what you need to do to get it right
Deborah Meaden

Prior to her success on the BBC Two show, Deborah was managing director of her family's leisure park business Weststar Holidays, selling the company in a deal worth £33 million whilst retaining a 23% share. Showing her entrepreneurial flair, she gave the business a makeover and sold her remaining stake for a further £83million.

Deborah's business skills were honed early, launching her own glass and ceramics export company straight after college whilst still in her teens. No stranger to glamorous dresses, she went on to set up a fashion franchise in Italy.

Dragons' Den has enabled her to invest in all manner of businesses, from a wool manufacturer to a company producing baby products, an online antique valuation service and a recipe website. So far she has invested in has made 35 investments in the Den worth over 2million.

Deborah may be a self-confessed hard and tough business woman, but she is also an animal lover, an ambassador for WWF, and patron and advisor to the Tusk Trust.. She lives with one cat, three dogs, five horses, eleven chickens, four ducks and three geese!

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