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Hilary Devey

Hilary Devey, businesswoman and TV star, is interviewed by Kirsty Young.

Hilary Devey, businesswoman and TV star is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

The very incarnation of entrepreneurial spirit, Hilary Devey built a haulage network business from scratch, which now employs nearly eight thousand people and has an annual turnover of £100 million. She has a successful media career and is one of the current incumbents of the TV programme Dragons Den.

The real drama in her life has happened off screen. The skeleton in her parents' closet reappeared in her own life. She's been married and divorced three times, her only child has battled drug addiction and a severe stroke nearly killed her in 2009.

Despite this, she remains ambitious and energetic in the business world and says that there's no such thing as a glass ceiling.

Producer: Alison Hughes.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 2 Nov 2012 09:00

Music Played

  • Michael Jackson


    • Thriller.
    • Epic.
  • Queen

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    • Queen – Greatest Hits 1 & 11.
    • Parlophone.
  • Frank Sinatra

    My Way

    • My Way.
    • Reprise.
  • Elkie Brooks

    Pearls A Singer

    • The Best of Elkie Brooks.
    • Spectrum.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Westlife

      You Raise Me Up

      • Face to Face.
      • RCA / SONY / BMG.
  • Dolly Parton

    I will Always Love You

    • Dolly Parton Greatest Hits.
    • RCA.
  • Céline Dion

    My Heart Will Go On

    • The All Time Greatest Love Songs.
    • Sony.
  • Kenny Rogers

    The Gambler

    • Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits.
    • EMI.
  • Book Choice

    • Never Look Back - Lesley Pearse

  • Luxury Choice

    • An endless supply of Cointreau with ice in a crystal glass.


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Hilary Devey


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