Winners of the Apprentice turned their £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar into more than £12million last year, figures reveal.
Four of the contestants who scooped the BBC show’s top prize are now running the multi-million business empires.
All but one of the contestants, who won after Lord Alan Sugar introduced the £250,000 investment as top prize, have just posted big profits.
Instead of getting a £100,000 a year job with Sugar like previous winners of past series from 2011 they set up companies with the investment.
Here we look at told: ‘You’re hired!’ and what they did with their investment from Lord Sugar:
Dr Leah Totton: Winner in 2013
Dr Leah runs clinics in Essex and London. She offers botox ‘tweakments’ and, signature face-lifts
The 30-year-old from Northern Ireland is now enjoying a six figure salary.
She runs two Dr Leah Cosmetic Skin Clinics in Essex and London. She offers botox ‘tweakments’ and, signature face-lifts at her own clinics.
Ms Totton paid herself £100,000 in dividends after her firm generated sales of £1.27million – an increase of nearly 50% – and a profit of £216,000.
The company report hailed the figures saying: ‘We are pleased to report an increase in sales and profit for the year, resulting in both record sales and profit to date.
‘Both clinics continue to perform well.’
Mark Wright: Winner in 2014
Mark Wright now enjoys a six figure salary after setting up Climb
Australian born Mark Wright runs digital marketing business Climb Online, which has turned over £4 million.
It is one of the most successful companies to have gained investment from Lord Alan Sugar through the BBC programme.
Mr Wright made a profit of £500,000 and was able to pay himself and Lord Sugar’s investment company a £250,000 dividend each.
The company accounts said ‘we are pleased to report a significant increase in profits’ and said it was planning to move to new offices and expand.’
Lord Sugar, pictured here with his show ‘advisors’ Karren Brady and Claude Littner invests £250,000 in the winners
Ricky Martin. Winner 2012
Ricky Martin once dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler
Ricky Martin, who once dreamed of being a pro-wrestler, set up Hyper Recruitment after landing the £250,000 prize money.
He has turned over £4.25 million and made a £400,000 profit after tax – up 30% on last year.
The company report said: ‘The company expects to expand and develop new markets.’
Martin, who won series eight, paid himself £65,000 with a similar amount going to Lord Sugar’s Amvest in dividends.
Tom Pellereau: Winner 2011
Tom Pellereau’s invention company Aventom generated £2.5 million in sales
The series seven winner opted to keep most of his money in the company and paid out just £20,000 in dividends
After five years of giving Apprentice candidates jobs within his own company, Lord Sugar petitioned the BBC to change the format after he said his existing employees were ‘fed up’ with seeing newbies parachuted in from the competition.
So in 2011, inventor Tom Pellereau became the first candidate to win a £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar into his business idea.
He started Aventom.
His winning S-shaped nail file Stylfile can be bought in supermarkets and high street stores.
It generated a £2.5m profit, £440,000 in profit, after paying nearly £70,000 in corporation tax.
The series seven winner opted to keep most of his money in the company and paid out just £20,000 in dividends.
Joseph Valente: Winner 2015
Joseph Valente, who won in 2015, has now parted ways with Lord Sugar after his victory in 2015
Only Joe Valente – who set up a plumbing business after success in series 11 – is not included as he has yet to file accounts for 2017.
He set up a plumbing business after being expelled from school at 15.
After winning the show he set up Impra Gas.
Last year he bought out Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment and is now in sole control of Impra-Gas.
The last accounts showed it has run up losses of £106,035. Since then he has set up a clothing company Gentelmanco and another firm called JV Empires.
Alana Spencer: Winner 2016
Alana Spencer won in 2016 and started her business Ridiculously Rich By Alana
Even cake-maker Alana Spencer, who won the series two years ago is seeing her business grow – although it is not yet close to the others.
She made £175,000 in just six months, leaving a profit of £22,500.
Her company reports said it was investing in a new website and new franchises.
It added: ‘The board are confident that the steps taken above, together with exploring other ways of expanding the business will ensure that we will be reporting increased profit levels in the next financial year.’
Last year’s winners James White and Sarah Lynn, who have not yet filed accounts for their businesses