The Apprentice 2013 returns for its ninth series tonight, and so we decided to take a look back at the previous winners.
Like most reality shows, there’s been a huge variation in the successes of winners from The Apprentice, from business flops to million pound companies.
While few winners still work with Lord Sugar himself, he’s still very much in contact with most of them, as well as plenty of the other candidates from the previous nine series.
But just what are the past eight winners of the show up to now?
Having won the first ever series some eight years ago,Tim went on to work with Lord Sugar for two years. He’s stayed in touch with the boss since, but Tim went it alone with his Bright Ideas Trust in 2007. The project earned him an MBE in 2012 for services to enterprise culture.
Michelle was the first female winner of the show back in 2006, however she was the first to get out early, not fulfiling her one year contract with Lord Sugar. Now Michelle works as a ‘motivational speaker’, as well as making regular appearances on the telly.
Simon has been by far the most successful of the apprentice winners when it comes to working with Lord Sugar. Hired in 2007, Simon worked alongside the boss for three years before leaving for his own company, which now owns a portfolio of proprieties including housing, restaurants and art galleries.
After controversially winning the 2008 series, the McQueen went on to found a recruitment company alongside Lord Sugar’s son, Simon Sugar.
Restauranteur Yasmina won the 2009 series but never spent more than a year working for Lord Sugar. taking maternity leave for her first baby shortly after being hired.
After returning to work, Yasmina quit her job and instead accepted an offer from Dragons Dan star James Caan, and is now working for his private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw.
Stella resigned from her job at Lord Sugar’s firm after less than a year, claiming that she was simply an “overpaid lackey”. The winner of the 2010 series went on to sue Lord Sugar for constructive dismissal, a case which proved unsuccessful when it went before an employment tribunal this year.
Tom was the first winner of the show’s new prize, a £250,000 investment. The inventor has been working hard to get his work – which includes his curved nail style file – into shops. With Lord Sugar’s help, the product is now stocked in a range of stores and recently launched itself in Tescos.
The latest winner, Ricky Martin launched his own recruitment services company last year and Lord Sugar revealed he’s on course to post a profit after the first financial year in April.