Where The Apprentice Winners Are Now From Successful Restaurant Chains To News Presenters

The Apprentice has produced 16 winners since his first series in 2005.

While the original format sought out an employee for one of Lord Sugar’s many businesses, the show then expanded to offer a £ 250,000 investment in the candidate’s.

Now in its 16th series, the show has introduced us to some extremely memorable businesses and owners looking for a cash injection.

From controversial media commentators to artisan bakery chains, earning The Apprentice certainly sets you up for a lucrative career, whatever your business.

We’ll take a look …

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Tim Campbell – Series 1

Tim was the very first reality show winner in 2005, even after making the risky decision to become a project manager on the first task.

He was hired by Lord Sugar and joined Amstrad, becoming project manager in the new Health and Beauty division. In 2012 he received an MBE and is now set to return to The Apprentice boardroom, replacing Claude Littner in the upcoming series.

Tim was the first winner of The Apprentice
Tim was the first winner of The Apprentice

michelle dewberry – series 2

Lord Sugar’s second winner of the £ 100,000 a year employment contract was Michelle Dewberry from Hull.

She would have worked only a short time in Lord Sugar’s Xenon company, focusing on media appearances and public speaking.

These days, you can see Michelle presenting for the afternoon on GB: News where she has a regular slot for politics and current affairs.

michelle dewberry
Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry shows off toned abs

Simon Ambrose – Series 3

Simon Ambrose stayed for three years in his £ 100,000 a year job at Lord Sugar’s real estate business Amsprop before starting his own business in the Ambrose Property Service sector.

He also chaired the London Contemporary Orchestra, before establishing a series of restaurants and cafes in Shoreditch and Stoke Newington.

Lee McQueen – Series 4

Although he admitted to lying on his CV during the process and showing his reverse pterodactyl print, Lee Mqueen won a contract with Amstrad.

The recruiter stayed with the company for several years before embarking on a career in public speaking.

He also founded a business recruiting company called Raw Talent Academy.

Yasmina Siadatan – Series 5

Yasmina landed the coveted job at Amscreen, but fell pregnant following a whirlwind romance at the office, which prompted her to leave the company on maternity leave, never to return.

She has since worked for James Caan in his company Stand Up Loans and also operates a few restaurants in Reading.

She also ran as a Conservative candidate for her local council.

Yasmina Siadatan appeared in The Apprentice in 2009
Yasmina Siadatan appeared in The Apprentice in 2009

Stella English – Series 6

Stella managed to beat Stuart “The Brand” Baggs to the title of The Apprentice, landing a job at his computer company Viglen.

However, her job did not go any easier and after another short stint in another division, she quit.

The Apprentice 2010: Stella English hired by Lord Alan Sugar
The Apprentice 2010: Stella English hired by Lord Alan Sugar

Stella didn’t get off to a good start and then sued Alan Sugar for constructive dismissal, but she lost that case and was struck back. However, that too did not succeed.

She has since had a child with snooker star Ali Carter.

Tom Pellerea – Series 7

Despite losing eight Critical Tasks and winning just three, “Inventor Tom” was crowned winner of The Apprentice in 2011.

He became the first winner to receive a business investment of £ 250,000 in lieu of a job and started Stylideas alongside Lord Sugar.

Focusing on creating healthy and beauty products that make life easier, Stylideas products include curved nail files, baby nail clippers, nail polish remover, and makeup brush cleaner.

Tom Pellereau was named the 2011 L'Apprenti laureate
Tom Pellereau was named the 2011 L’Apprenti laureate

Ricky Martin – Series 8

Ricky Martin used Lord Sugar’s investment to create a recruiting consulting firm, Hyper Recruitment Solutions.

Ricky was the apprentices’ first business partner to make £ 1million in profit and he employs 50 people in three cities, including fellow candidate Trishna Thakrar.

Ricky returned to The Apprentice in 2014, but this time as one of the interviewers.

Ricky Martin said he was
Ricky Martin said he was “ecstatic” to win The Apprentice from Lord Sugar

L̩a Totton РSeries 9

Beating Luisa to become the winner of Series Nine, the Doctor launched the Dr Leah Clinics cosmetic clinic chain in 2014. The business has continued to thrive, with new clinics opening in London and Essex, named ” Best Clinic in London ”in 2017.

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If that wasn’t enough, Dr Leah has stuck with her medical career and continues to work as a part-time A&E physician.

Leah Totton won the Apprentice investment for her aesthetics business
Leah Totton won the Apprentice investment for her aesthetics business

Mark Wright – Series 10

After a coughing fit at Tesco left Mark thinking he wasn’t going to win, Mark teamed up with Lord Sugar and started Climb Online, a digital marketing agency with a turnover of £ 4million in 2017.

In 2017, the entrepreneur was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list and won awards such as Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2018 UK Business Awards.

Mark Wright became a winning apprentice
Mark Wright became a winning apprentice

Joseph Valente – Series 11

Alan Sugar seemed to see himself a bit in school dropout Joseph Valente who won his investment before the two set up the boiler installation company ImpraGas.

However, Joseph became the first winner to buy out his new business partner and take full control of the business himself.

Without Lord Sugar, ImpraGas still had a turnover of £ 3million, according to Joseph’s LinkedIn.

Joseph Valente was the owner of a plumbing company
Joseph Valente was the owner of a plumbing company

Alana Spencer – Series 12

After being in the bottom three for the first two weeks, Alana ultimately won the show with her Ridiculously Rich bakery company.

With her blessing, Alana also decided to buy back Alan Sugar’s shares in the company as a result of her investment.

The business appears to be thriving and Ridiculously Rich now supports nearly 50 franchisees.

Alana Spencer runs a Rdiculously Rich bakery business
Alana Spencer runs a ridiculously wealthy bakery business

Sarah Lynn and James White – Series 13

In Round 13, Lord Sugar shocked applicants by investing £ 250,000 in the two finalist companies.

The first was Sarah Lynn, owner of a confectionery business, which now has a line of vegan sweets called Duals available in Waitrose, Holland & Barrett and select WHSmith stores.

The second was James White, who still runs the IT recruiting company Right Time Recruitment. Since his victory, James has also become an Ambassador for Acorn’s Children’s Hospice.

Apprentice Final 2017: Lord Sugar hired both candidates Sarah Lynn and James White
Apprentice Final 2017: Lord Sugar hired both candidates Sarah Lynn and James White

Sian Giabaddon – Series 14

Sian Giabaddon won the investment in 2018 for his swimwear line despite some major skirmishes with Claude Litner throughout the process.

Sian has since started his business Sian Marie, and his Tropical Goddess line has been spotted on Love Island and worn by celebrities such as Michelle Keegan.

Sian Giabaddon wins the investment for his swimwear line
Sian Giabaddon wins the investment for his swimwear line

Carina Lepore – Series 15

In 2019, Carina Lepore landed £ 250,000 in hopes of building an empire of street cafe-bakeries.

However, with the timeline of the pandemic, her plans were put on hold and now her priority is to “keep going” and “wait”.

“If it hadn’t been for the pandemic, we would probably have three or four stores now,” she said in a recent interview with The Mail.

Apprentice's Carina Lepore wins final and becomes Lord Sugar's next business partner
Carina Lepore has become Lord Sugar’s next business partner

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