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Lord Sugar

The boss is back and ready to put the tycoons of tomorrow through their paces

Having left school in Hackney aged 16, Alan Sugar started selling car aerials and electric goods out of a van he bought for £50. In 1968, he founded Amstrad and now, nearly 45 years later, he has an estimated worth of £800 million and was ranked 92nd in the 2012 Sunday Times Rich List.

I have a passion for helping young people to succeed
Lord Sugar

A former Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur FC, he sold his Amstrad empire to Sky in July 2007. His other companies include Amscreen, the UK’s largest digital media owner, property investment firm Amsprop and Viglen, a manufacturer specialising in computers, networks and solutions.

In 2000, he was knighted for his services to business and he holds two honorary Doctorates of Science degrees, awarded by City University and Brunel University respectively.

Having previously sat on the Business Council for Britain and fronted a campaign promoting the benefits of apprenticeships, he was named as the government’s Enterprise Champion in 2009 and appointed to the House of Lords as Baron Sugar of Clapton in the London Borough of Hackney.

Lord Sugar has also appeared in all eight series of The Apprentice, where aspiring young businessmen and women compete for the chance to work with him.

Lord Sugar is a philanthropist for a number of charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital and Jewish Care.