What the Apprentice’s past winners did next




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Michelle Dewberry went from living on a council estate in Hull to becoming one of Britain’s most successful female entrepreneurs. After stealing the show in series two, Michelle went on to work for Lord Sugar’s computer disposal business, Xenon Green.




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The milkman’s son from Middlesex got off to a bad start when he was caught lying about the length of time he’d spent at university. Still, Lee went on to win the fourth series, landing himself the role of director at Lord Sugar’s media company Amscreen.




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After two successful years at Amscreen, Lee went on to establish a digital media business with Lord Sugar’s son Simon. He currently runs Raw Talent Academy, a recruitment agency that is estimated to be worth £1.5 million.




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Following an unsuccessful lawsuit against Lord Sugar for unfair dismissal, the series six winner faced her fair share of difficulties. After a messy divorce and battle against the repossession of her home, Stella turned things around and hosted CrowdBox, a TV channel that helps entrepreneurs raise money through crowdfunding. She and snooker player Ali Carter welcomed their first child in 2017.




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Former mechanical engineering student Tom Pellereau was the first contestant to win the £250,000 grand prize after the show’s 2011 revamp. The inventor went into business with Lord Sugar, developing a range of S-shaped nail files which were sold at leading supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda.




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Tom has invented a number of other products, including a collapsable baby bottle and a personal screening device for the early detection of bowel cancer. It appears that Tom’s beauty and healthcare brand Styl is doing well, with new products including light-accelerated teeth whitening. He still works with Lord Sugar today.




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Ricky Martin (not to be confused with the Puerto Rican singer) stole the show in series eight. The former pro-wrestler used his prize money to set up Hyper Recruitment, an agency that specialises in scientific recruitment. Ricky continues to be praised as a “glowing example” by his mentor and business partner Lord Sugar.




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As well as enjoying success with Hyper Recruitment, which announced it had made £1 million in profits in 2018, Ricky is also a senior figure in the Royal Society of Chemistry.




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After winning series 10 of The Apprentice, Mark Wright took Lord Sugar’s investment money and set up digital marketing business Climb Online.




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The Apprentice’s series 11 winner, plumber Joseph Valente, caught Lord Sugar’s eye with his business plan of franchising a plumbing company, which he strongly believed could one day take on the likes of British Gas.




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Baker and chocolatier Alana Spencer not only bagged the cash prize but Lord Sugar offered a 50/50 partnership in her cake business, Ridiculously Rich by Alana.




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Sian Gabbidon won series 14 of The Apprentice after demonstrating a calm approach and a good head for business. The 25-year-old put her winning money into her swimwear business Sian Marie.




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In 2019, Carina Lepore was crowned the winner of series 15 after becoming the show’s most successful candidate ever, winning nine out of 10 tasks. She ran her father’s bakery business in Herne Hill, London and planned to use Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment to franchise the brand.




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