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Name: Duncan Bannatyne

Age: 62

Company: Bannatyne Group

Turnover: £96m

First job: Paper round. I had wanted a bicycle, but was told by my mother that she couldn’t afford to buy me one. So I asked the local newsagent if I could start my own paper round; but was told that I would need a list of 100 potential customers. I painstakingly knocked on many doors and eventually drew up a list of 100 names and addresses. I got the job, bought the bike, and never looked back.

Dream job: Film star.

Car: Maserati.

Economy, business or first class: First class.

Most extravagant purchase: My family villa in the South of France.

Most-played song on your iPod: “Love Changes Everything” 

Best business book: Anyone Can Do It: My Story by Duncan Bannatyne (of course!) – it has sold over 200,000 copies thus far.

Worst business moment: Losing £1,000,040 on Lady in Leisure (and don’t forget the £40!).

Proudest business moment: Buying 24 health clubs from Hilton. 

Your business mentor: Donald Trump.

Next big thing: Bannatyne Digital, which launched this month.

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