Duncan Bannatyne

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Duncan Bannatyne

Scottish entrepreneur, philanthropist and author add

Category: Business

Born in 1949.

Countries: United Kingdom (68%), Ethiopia (12%), Portugal (4%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Deborah Meaden, Michelle Dewberry, Terry Wogan

Linked to: Labour Party, Comic Relief, Conservative Party, Glasgow Caledonian University




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Duncan Bannatyne was born in 1949 add something


Starting in 1964 and at the age of 15, Bannatyne initially enlisted for twelve years with the Royal Navy as a junior second class engineering mechanic at RNTE Shotley near Ipswich, better known as the boys' training establishment HMS "Ganges" add something


'Just Learning' chief executive during the 1992-1997 period was Michael Fallon add something


He eventually sold the business for £28,000, founding a nursing home business called Quality Care Homes which he sold for £26 million in 1997 and children's nursery chain Just Learning for £12 million add something


Carmen Ejogo - In the first episode, broadcast on 5 January 2005, his pitch for investment in an umbrella vending-machine business resulted in Duncan Bannatyne and Peter Jones making a joint offer of £150,000, which he accepted


He recently acquired 26 health clubs from Hilton Hotels in August 2006 at a price of £92 million add something


He proposed to her in Barbados in early March 2006, and married her on 11 November 2006 at St Mary's Church in Norton add something


This is evidenced in a 2008 promotional video supporting Brown add something


Appearing on the "Question Time" panel on 7 February 2008, Bannatyne stated he had been a donor to the Labour Party under Blair add something


In March 2008 established the Bannatyne Charitable Foundation with a personal injection of £1,000,000 add something


On 19 May 2008 Bannatyne added his support to the launch of the Geared for Giving Campaign at the House of Commons to encourage UK business leaders to set up and promote a Workplace Giving scheme to benefit UK registered charities with tax effective donations through employees pay add something


On 29 August 2008, Bannatyne appeared on television programme "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-", raising £20,000 for charity NCH add something


He became President of the charity No Smoking Day in October 2008 add something


In October 2008 he opened the £12 million "Bannatyne Spa Hotel" in Hastings add something


In November 2008 he was voted "The Most Admired Celebrity Charity Champion" by Third sector magazine add something


Bannatyne is a trustee of Comic Relief and on 27 November 2008 he travelled to Ethiopia with other trustees of Comic Relief add something


British American Tobacco - In 2008 the company was the subject of a BBC2 documentary, in which Duncan Bannatyne investigated the marketing practices of the company in Africa and specifically the way the company targets younger Africans with branded music events, competitions and the sale of single cigarette sticks


Anne Snelgrove - She launched the Geared for Giving campaign in May 2008 with Duncan Bannatyne OBE.


He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from the Teesside University, on 6 February 2009 add something


In December 2009 Bannatyne joined the UK's largest monthly business magazine Business Matters as a monthly columnist alongside former "Apprentice" winner Michelle Dewberry add something


Michelle Dewberry - In December 2009 Dewberry joined Business Matters magazine as a monthly columnist alongside Duncan Bannatyne In July 2010 she opened Michelle Dewberry's Work and Money Surgery on women's lifestyle website iVillage


In the run-up to the 2010 general election, he reaffirmed his support for Labour and criticised Conservative leader David Cameron as a "plonker" add something


In January 2010, Bannatyne appeared alongside his "Dragons' Den" co-stars Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden in the fifth episode of the sixth series of "Hustle" add something


His French home was showcased in an article in the May 2010 issue of "A Place in the Sun" magazine add something


In May 2010, he added the Charlton House Hotel and Spa in Somerset to the portfolio, with the view to adding more spa facilities and treatment rooms add something


In August 2010, he agreed to become Patron of PC David Rathband's Blue Lamp Foundation, a charity established by the Northumbria Police Constable David Rathband who was blinded by gunshot wounds in the 2010 Northumbria Police manhunt add something


Anthony Elliott - In 2010 he married Abi Bannatyne, daughter of entrepreneur and media personality Duncan Bannatyne


Deborah Meaden - In January 2010, Deborah appeared alongside her "Dragon's Den" co-stars Duncan Bannatyne and Peter Jones in the fifth episode of the sixth series of "Hustle"


His net worth dropped due to divorce and a drop in property values at his Bannatyne Fitness chain, which made a £16,2 million loss in 2011 add something


In 2011, Bannatyne announced on Twitter that he suffers from prosopagnosia add something


In March 2011, Bannatyne appeared to switch political affiliations again by backing certain measures imposed in George Osborne's budget even though he criticized the government a few months earlier add something


Bannatyne was divorced from his second wife in December 2011 add something


His wealth as of 2012 was estimated at £430 million by the Sunday Times Rich List add something


In 2012, Sunday Times Rich List listed him as equal 869th with a worth of £85 million add something


On 1 October 2012, Bannatyne was taken to hospital after reportedly suffering a heart attack add something


By 2013 Bannatyne was in £122 million debt add something


In 2013 it was reported that Bannatyne is £122m in debt add something


In January 2013 he appeared in a special series of The Great British Bake Off add something


He has written six books: "Anyone Can Do It", which sold more than 250,000 copies, was followed by "Wake Up and Change Your Life", "How to be Smart With Your Money", "How to be Smart With Your Time", "43 Mistakes Businesses Make", by "37 Questions Everyone in Business Needs to Answer"; his seventh book, "Riding The Storm", is to be released on 26 September 2013 add something


His wealth as of 2014 was estimated at £175 million by the Sunday Times Rich List add something


In April 2015, only a week after signing a letter to "The Daily Telegraph" supporting the Conservative Party in the 2015 General Election, he reversed his position, and pledged his vote to Labour, praising leader Ed Miliband's "courage" in pledging to scrap non-domiciled tax status add something


Bannatyne began dating dental nurse Nigora Whitehorn, 35, in June 2015 add something


In 2016 Bannatyne created controversy when he exploited Sir Terry Wogan's death to promote his health clubs add something


Bannatyne proposed to his fiancée Nigora Whitehorn in Monaco in March 2016 add something


The couple married in Portugal on 3 June 2017 add something


His wealth as of 2018, was estimated at £280 million by the Sunday Times Rich List add something