AS excitement for the new series builds, Holly Lennon takes a look at where the previous Apprentice stars are now
Tim Campbell (Series 1)
Winner of the first series of the Apprentice, Tim Campbell has gone on to become an MBE for Services to Enterprise Culture. After working with Lord Sugar’s company Amstrad for two years, Tim established Bright Ideas Trust, a charity which gives away £1million a year to prospective entrepreneurs.
Michelle Dewberry (Series 2)
Labelled the ‘silent assassin’ by the British press, series two winner Michelle Dewberry beat off competition from the fierceless Ruth Badger to claim the £100,000 a year prize. Following her win, Michelle and Lord Sugar parted ways after eleven months. She went on to open her own consultancy and release an autobiography entitled ‘Anything is Possible’.
Lee McQueen (Series 4)
Famous for lying on his CV and his impression of a ‘reverse pterodactyl’, Lee fought his way to the top to win series 4 of the show. Despite phoning in sick on his first day, he went on to work closely with Lord Sugar on Amscreen which forms part of his holding company Amshold. He gave up the role after two years to start his own business the Raw Talent Academy.
Ricky Martin (Series 8)
After winning the competition, professional wrestler Ricky opened Hyper Recruitment Solutions which supports companies across the EU. He has also tried his hand at public speaking on topics such as apprenticeships, science and the life of an entrepreneur.
Mark Wright (Series 10)
After travelling the world, Mark Wright entered and won The Apprentice despite never having watched it before or knowing who Lord Sugar is. Mark launched his business Climb Online, with investment from Sugar, earlier this year and was turning a profit as of February this year.
Katie Hopkins (Series 3)
After being fired in series three, Katie has gone on to become nation-wide talking point and pantomime villain, making regular appearances on television shows like I’m A Celebrity...and Celebrity Big Brother. Her columns for The Sun newspaper and controversial appearances on the This Morning have gained her notoriety amongst the British public.
Luisa Zissman (Series 9)
Luisa caught the attention of many after describing herself as having the energy of a Duracell bunny, sex appeal of Jessica Rabbit and a brain like Einstein, but it sadly wasn’t enough to secure her the winning title. She went on the appear on Celebrity Big Brother alongside rapper Dappy and comedian Jim Davidson. Her business Bakers Toolkit was launched in 2013.
Saira Khan (Series 1)
Despite coming second, Saira was still offered a job by Lord Sugar which she turned down. She has gone to become a tv presenter on The Money Programme and Watchdog, columnist and author.