THE FEMALE DRAGONS: HOW
Rachel Elnaugh, 54
Dragon from: 2005 (the show’s first female investor) WORTH: £25 million from gift business Red Letter Days — until it went into administration in 2005 and was sold to Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis.
MOTTO: ‘You’ve really got to love what you are doing with all your heart.’
Deborah Meaden, 60
Dragon from: 2006-2019
WORTH: £40 million — from Weststar Holidays, a chain of holiday parks she sold, plus investments she’s made from her time on Dragons’ Den.
MOTTO: ‘Don’t expect anything from anybody. Work hard, be good at what you do and good stuff will happen.’
Hilary Devey, 62
Dragon from: 2011-2012
WORTH: £100 million, from the freight distribution company Pall-Ex she founded in 1996. Three times divorced with one son, she made her first million at 40.
MOTTO: ‘A manicured fist can smash any glass ceiling, just as well as a hairy one.’
Kelly Hoppen, 60 Dragon from: 2013-2015
WORTH: An estimated £50 million from her interiors company Kelly Hoppen Interiors. She was awarded an MBE in 2009.
MOTTO: ‘Believe in yourself. How can you expect anyone to believe in you and your ideas if you don’t believe in them yourself?’
Sarah Willingham, 45 Dragon from: 2015-2017
WORTH: £12 million, after turning loss-making The Bombay Bicycle Club into the largest and most successful Indian restaurant chain in the UK.
MOTTO: ‘To say no to things that were taking up my time — that was a real tipping point for me in terms of getting a balance.’
Jenny Campbell, 57 Dragon from: 2017-2018
WORTH: The mother of two sold her ATM business YourCash — which she bought from her previous employer Royal Bank of Scotland in 2010 — for £50 million in 2016.
MOTTO: ‘ There is no such thing as glass ceilings, only sticky floors.’