Deborah Meaden reveals positive return on Dragons' Den investments

Dragons’ Den businesswoman Deborah Meaden reveals she’s had a positive return on £5million worth of investments made on BBC show over past 15 years

  • Deborah Meaden, 62, said she is ‘certainly on the up side’ after the investments
  • Businesswoman has appeared on BBC programme since its third series in 2006
  • TV personality said that as investor it is ‘wonderful to see people’s lives change’
  • Show sees budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas in bid to secure investment

Deborah Meaden has revealed she has seen a positive return on just under £5million worth of investments made on Dragons’ Den over the past 15 years.

The businesswoman and TV personality told BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs she is ‘certainly on the up side’ after investing the sum through the show.

Ms Meaden, 62, has appeared on the BBC business programme since its third series in 2006. When asked if she had turned a profit during that time, she said: ‘Yes I have. 

‘Actually my first business I ever invested in, they have returned all my money and I’m still invested in them.’ 

Deborah Meaden (pictured above), 62, told BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs she is ‘certainly on the up side’ after investing just under £5million through Dragons’ Den

Ms Meaden said: ‘Some businesses you kind of stay with for life, some businesses are quick turnaround. Some businesses are in the middle of their growth.

‘Some of the businesses I invested in two or three years ago are on a stratospheric journey but they haven’t actually exited yet. But certainly I’m on the up side.’ 

Dragons’ Den sees budding entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a room of experienced businesspeople in a bid to secure investment. 

She said that as an investor it is ‘wonderful to see people’s lives change’.

Ms Meaden added that successful entrepreneurs carry on working when they have earned enough to stop ‘because they like to see these little seeds grow into something huge’.

She also revealed that since starring in Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 she has continued to dance regularly.

Dragons’ Den sees budding entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a room of experienced businesspeople in a bid to secure investment. Pictured from left to right: Touker Suleyman, Sara Davies, Ms Meaden, Tej Lalvani and Peter Jones 

The TV personality also revealed that since starring in Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 (pictured above, with Robin Windsor) she has continued to dance regularly

‘The day I can’t dance is the day I might as well give up,’ she said.

Ms Meaden added: ‘My husband did the most lovely thing during Strictly and he took up dancing lessons, because he could see how much I was loving it and he thought, “Well when it’s over for her, it’s over”.

‘Since I came out of Strictly we kept up with it and we actually went over to Buenos Aires to learn Argentine tango from the Argentines. It was absolutely amazing.’

Her episode of Desert Island Discs airs on BBC Radio 4 today at 11am.

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