David Pearl goes undercover to give away £50,000 on television
NOW HERE is a tempting offer from a leading property developer. Tell him how he can help you improve the world, and he may well put his hand deep into his own pockets to make it happen.
David Pearl, one of Britain’s most successful property entrepreneurs, is starring in the second series of Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire. The series features seven wealthy individuals who conceal their true identity and assume a new one in order to seek out volunteers in need of their help and cash.
Ranked 98 in the recently published Estates Gazette rich list, and worth a reported £269m, Mr Pearl heads North London-based Structadene, which controls more than 13,000 properties. But for ten days in the programme, he leaves the property world behind, working undercover as a NHS volunteer at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, where he feeds the critically ill and helps with the rehabilitation of stroke patients. At the end of the ten days, Mr Pearl chooses five cases worthy of his cash, dividing £50,000 between them.
“I was completely enthralled by the experience,” he tells People. “It was so different to the property world and doing deals.”
To help his cover story, Mr Pearl lived in budget accommodation on a state pension and travelled by public transport. “It was really emotional. I met such wonderful people doing amazing things. It makes you feel very humble.” The Secret Millionaire is on Channel 4, Wednesdays at 9pm. Mr Pearl’s episode is on December 5