Scottish entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne was Dragons’ Den’s own Simon Cowell – known for his no nonsense approach to ripping apart hopefuls’ business pitches.
He was on the show from 2005 up until he left in 2015 due to having other work commitments.
During his stint on the show he invented a staggering 35 businesses.
He is also remembered for his appearance on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, when he was in an ongoing feud with Lady Colin Campbell.
Before this was the on Dragons’ Den and his appearance on the reality show, he started off with an ice-cream van business before expanding to a nursing home business and then building his different health clubs chains, for which he is best known.
His current net worth as of 2021 is estimated at £462 million.
Duncan has been married three times and his first marriage was to Gail Brodie in 1983, with whom who he had two daughters and later divorced in 1994.
He then went on to marry Joanne Cue in 2006, however, it was in their sixth year of marriage that the pair decided to end it.
He had received the bad news that she wanted to file for divorce whilst on the set of filming for the ninth series of Dragons’ Den.
“So when I stood in that car park, with my fellow Dragons’ Den judge Peter Jones, shaking with disbelief at Joanne’s text message, I knew it was going to be expensive,” he told the Daily Mail in 2013.
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Duncan admitted he regretted not signing a pre-nup as the divorce cost him £345 million.
However, he has found love since as he is currently married to Nigora Whitehorn whom he tied the knot with in 2017 when he met her dental surgery she worked at.
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