David Pearl goes un­der­cover to give away £50,000 on television

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

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

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