As this year’s edition of ‘The Apprentice’ reaches its climax, we take a look at how the past winners of the show are getting on. Over the past few years, The Apprentice has become a bastion of British television, and is famous for its famous arguments, boardroom put-downs, and non-stop drama – all things we love the show for. Thirteen series of the show have been made – meaning we have much ground to cover. Read on to see a range of stories – from success to suing, we’ll bring you up to date!
Series One: Tim Campbell
The first winner of the series was Tim Campbell. Campbell celebrated his victory by working at Amstrad for a few years. Following this, Campbell set up the social enterprise ‘Bright Ideas Trust’ – attempting to support young entrepreneurs emanating from disadvantaged backgrounds. Since, Campbell has been awarded an MBE for services to Enterprise culture.
Series Two: Michelle Dewberry
Michelle Dewberry claimed a surprise victory back in 2006, seeing off favourite Ruth Badger to win the second series. However, Dewberry left her job with Sugar after just a year. She later set up her own consultancy firm. Dewberry ran in the 2017 UK general election, and frequently makes TV appearances.
Series Three: Simon Ambrose
Coming into 2007’s Series Three, everything appeared to point towards a Simon Ambrose victory. Ambrose was the son of the owner of Optimax – the large laser eye surgery clinic. He attended the same school as former Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg, and was a member of MENSA at the tender age of just 13. Ambrose duly delivered, claiming the victory. He went to work for Lord Sugar’s Amsprop business. He now serves as the Chairman of the London Contemporary Orchestra.
Series Four: Lee McQueen
Lee McQueen won the 2008 version, despite having courted controversy for lying about his University achievements. McQueen is perhaps best-known for infamously calling in sick on his first day at Lord Sugar’s Amscreen. He left in 2010, before setting up a digital media business with Simon Sugar – the son of Lord Sugar. He has since set up the ‘Raw Talent Academy’. Despite a rocky start, McQueen had proven to be a successful winner of the show.
Series Five: Yasmina Siadatan
Yasmina Siadatan won the fifth series of The Apprentice in 2009. A victory in the final over Kate Walsh led to a job at Amscreen. Yet after falling pregnant four months into her role at Amscreen, she didn’t return to the company following her maternity leave. Since this, she was headhunted by former Dragon’s Den star James Caan. She currently works as a creative director of ‘Start Up Loans’.
Series Six: Stella English
Take a deep breath… Perhaps the most infamous winner of them all, Stella thrived despite coming from a disadvantaged background. Prior to her appearance on the show, she worked in an £800,000 per year job at a Japanese investment bank. She won the 2010 version. She worked at Sugar’s Viglen after winning, yet left after just 13 months when her contract wasn’t renewed. In the aftermath, she suggested she was merely an ‘overpaid lackey’. She subsequently attempted to sue Lord Sugar for constructive dismissal. However she failed to win the case, and was unfortunately pictured at Jobcentre. She now works with ‘Crowd Box’.
Series Seven: Tom Pellereau
The knock-on effects of Stella’s implosion seemed to affect Sugar, who changed the format in 2011 – with the winner now securing a 50/50 business partnership with Lord Sugar. The first benefactor of this was the lovable Tom Pellereau, who defeated favourite Helen Milligan to win. His nail range ‘Stylfile’ was launched, with his investment proving very successful. He has since created numerous other inventions, and is still going strong with Lord Sugar at his side.
Series Eight: Ricky Martin
The 2012 series was won by former professional-wrestler turned businessman Ricky Martin. Following his victory, Martin set up a recruitment company with Lord Sugar. This company combined the power of science and technology for recruitment solutions. He continues to partner with Sugar.
Series Nine: Leah Totton
The 2013 series was won by Leah Totton, who defeated Luisa Zissman in the final to win the £250,000 investment. The money was put into a cosmetics clinic in London named ‘Dr. Leah’. A range of treatments are available at the clinic, with possible further clinics being discussed. The clinic is proving successful – Totton continues to be involved with Lord Sugar.
Series Ten: Mark Wright
Series Ten ended up with Mark Wright (No, not that one) winning what was a largely forgettable series. Wright defeated arch-nemesis Daniel Lassman on the way to victory. Following his win, he launched a digital marketing website named ‘Climb Online’ with Sugar, which continues to grow.
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Series Eleven: Joseph Valente
Series Eleven witnessed Joseph Valente securing the investment. Critics of The Apprentice could point to the moment a plumber won the show as the lowpoint of the series. However, Valente, who called himself “the godfather of Business” (yes really), has since seen his plumbing business with Lord Sugar steadily grow.
Series Twelve: Alana Spencer
Series Twelve was won by Alana Spencer. As if plumbing wasn’t questionable enough, 25-year old Welsh entrepreneur Spencer won the show with a cake brand – ‘Ridiculously Rich’. The business appears to be having some teething problems – with the brand recently in the news for recalling product’s after failing to put the relevant allergy warnings on packaging. Yet still one to watch for the future.
Series Thirteen: James White and Sarah Lynn
All hell broke loose at the end of series thirteen when Lord Sugar couldn’t split James White and Sarah Lynn – with the duo both securing the £250,000 investment. The decision caused Twitter to react in many ways. Both will hope to prove a worthwhile investment.