Button up your fits and pack your wheelie suitcases, as a result of The Apprentice is again for an additional sequence of over-ambitious candidates, poorly executed duties and boardroom showdowns.
Now in its 15th(!) sequence, the present has had greater than its justifiable share of noteworthy candidates, from Sian Gabbidon to Ricky Martin to, um, Katie Hopkins.
Now all of them have completed fairly nicely since leaving the favored BBC sequence, however which of those enterprise brains has really been essentially the most profitable? The reply would possibly shock you…
Sequence 1: Tim Campbell
Keep in mind Tim? He received The Apprentice all the best way again in 2005, again when Lord Sugar was solely a Sir and the interview stage was a lot much less glamorous.
Regardless of making the harmful transfer of turning into mission supervisor within the first process, Tim scooped the highest prize in sequence one and had his first 12 months working for Lord Sugar televised in The Apprentice: Tim within the Firing Line.
Since then he has labored for Boris Johnson, been awarded an MBE and based enterprise charity Vibrant Concepts Belief.
Sequence 2: Michelle Dewberry
Michelle beat iconic candidate Ruth Badger to win the second sequence of The Apprentice again in 2006. Nonetheless she by no means really accomplished her 12 months working for Lord Sugar, leaving 9 months in to begin a consultancy agency.
She has since acquired into politics – she got here fourth when she ran as an impartial MP candidate within the 2017 common election, and nonetheless makes frequent TV appearances debating present affairs and internet hosting Sky’s The Pledge.
Sequence 3: Simon Ambrose
Regardless of a VERY embarrassing trampoline gaffe on a reside procuring channel, Cambridge graduate Simon Ambrose went on to change into the shock winner of sequence three when he beat favorite Kristina Grimes (in addition to Katie Hopkins) to the £100,000 job.
He then went on to work with Lord Sugar’s property firm Armsprop earlier than occurring to launch his very personal property improvement agency in 2010. Although none of his achievements will certainly high *that* second of TV gold…
Sequence 4: Lee McQueen
Even after fibbing on his CV and exhibiting off his reverse pterodactyl impression within the interview week, Lee McQueen was topped winner of the fourth sequence of The Apprentice.
Lee then phoned in sick on his first day(!) working for Lord Sugar, and after two years at Amscreen he launched his personal recruitment firm Uncooked Expertise Academy.
Sequence 5: Yasmina Siadatan
Within the 12 months that introduced us Pants Man, James McQuillan and THAT sandalwood miscalculation, Yasmina Siadatan was topped The Apprentice (regardless of already proudly owning her personal restaurant) and joined Lee at Amscreen Well being Care.
She was then headhunted by Dragons Den’s James Caan to work at his recruitment firm, and the 2 later created the Begin Up Loans Firm. She now works as advertising and marketing director at a monetary tech firm. In order that’s two TV enterprise moguls on her CV – not dangerous in any respect.
Sequence 6: Stella English
Though Stella managed to beat Stuart “The Model” Baggs to The Apprentice title, her time working with Lord Sugar didn’t go easily. Though first working for his IT division Viglen, she quickly moved to TV service YouView earlier than resigning.
English then sued Sugar for constructive dismissal, however she misplaced this case and was counter-sued by Sugar. This too was unsuccessful.
She has since had a toddler with snooker star Ali Carter.
Sequence 7: Tom Pellereau
Inventor Tom has the worst observe file of any Apprentice winner having misplaced eight duties and solely received three.
Nonetheless, after his shock win, Tom and Lord Sugar launched Stylideas, based mostly on his curved nail file invention the Stylfile, and have been increasing the well being and sweetness vary ever since. Different notable innovations embrace the infant nail clippers, ultra-safe nail polish remover and a speedy make-up brush remover.
Sequence 8: Ricky Martin
Former wrestler and Whole Wipeout champion Ricky Martin (no, not that one) received The Apprentice in 2012, and shortly arrange specialist recruitment consultancy Hyper Recruitment Options.
Ricky is without doubt one of the extra profitable Apprentice winners – he was the primary enterprise accomplice to make £1 million in income, and he employs 50 workers throughout three cities together with fellow Apprentice candidate Trishna Thakrar till earlier this 12 months.
He even returned to The Apprentice in 2014, however this time as one of many interviewers.
Sequence 9: Leah Totton
Northern Irish doctor Leah received the present in 2013 regardless of having little or no enterprise expertise, and after sensibly altering her agency’s identify from ‘Niks’, she launched Dr Leah Clinics with Lord Sugar in 2014.
The firm was successful, successful a number of nationwide awards, increasing into additional branches in London and Essex and in addition making one million in income in 2018.
She hasn’t forgotten her NHS roots although: she selected to return to work part-time as an A&E physician after organising her enterprise, and continues to break up her time between the 2.
Sequence 10: Mark Wright
Regardless of practically being thrown off by a extreme coughing slot in week 10, entrepreneur Mark Wright (no, not the Essex one) partnered with Lord Sugar to launch digital advertising and marketing company Climb On-line. The enterprise has, um, climbed ever since, making a £Four million turnover in 2017 and is wanting to increase into South Africa.
Mark hasn’t completed too dangerous personally both – he secured a spot on Forbes 30 below 30 record in 2017, and has obtained a number of awards together with Younger Entrepreneur of the Yr on the 2018 UK enterprise awards.
Sequence 11: Joseph Valente
College expellee and plumber Joseph Valente received the 2015 sequence after Lord Sugar appeared to see a little bit of himself within the younger plumber, and the 2 arrange boiler set up firm ImpraGas.
Nonetheless Joseph grew to become the primary enterprise accomplice to break up from Lord Sugar, shopping for out his shares in 2017 and taking full management of the agency. Not that this impacted Valence too badly, although: he has since printed a ebook and ImpraGas has achieved a turnover of £3million, in accordance to Joseph’s LinkedIn.
Sequence 12: Alana Spencer
Alana launched one of many biggest comebacks in Apprentice historical past after being within the backside three the primary two weeks after which ultimately occurring to win the present.
Nonetheless, Alana grew to become the second enterprise accomplice to break up from Lord Sugar, shopping for him out of Ridiculously Wealthy by Alana and flying solo with Sugar’s blessing.
She’s been left with fairly the corporate to run – Ridiculously Wealthy now helps virtually 50 franchisees. The luxurious cake enterprise did, nonetheless, have to launch a recall in 2017 after incorrect ingredient labelling.
Sequence 13: Sarah Lynn
After by chance pitching an organization identify already exists, Sarah Lynn grew to become considered one of 2017’s two enterprise companions in a shock double hiring.
Her newly-named agency Sweets within the Metropolis produced the personalised presents Letterbox Treats and now has a spread of vegan sweets referred to as Duals out there in Waitrose, Holland & Barrett and sure WHSmith shops.
Sequence 13: James White
The different half of sequence 13’s historic £500,000 funding, James White received a share of the prize regardless of Lord Sugar’s concern about his IT recruitment agency Proper Time Recruitment.
White has additionally change into an envoy for Acorn’s Youngsters’s Hospice.
Sequence 14: Sian Gabbidon
Whereas maybe not Claude’s favorite, swimwear designer Sian Gabbidon ultimately swiped the highest prize in 2018 along with her cool and calm manner. It’s barely been a 12 months however Sian has since arrange her enterprise Sian Marie, and her Tropical Goddess vary has been worn by celebrities equivalent to Michelle Keegan and Love Island’s Hayley Hughes.
However essentially the most profitable candidate ever is… Susan Ma
Sure, the identical Susan Ma who uttered the immortal phrase “Do the French like their youngsters?” has since change into a multi-million-pound businesswoman. Regardless of not really successful the seventh sequence of The Apprentice (ending in third place), Lord Sugar nonetheless invested in her new enterprise Tropic, a vegan skincare firm now with annual gross sales of £22.5million (in accordance to The Instances) and recipient of over 100 awards.
Susan was additionally named considered one of Forbes 30 below 30 record in 2018.
Over to you, class of 2019…