Entrepreneur Hilary Devey has been announced as the new member inside the Dragons’ Den, replacing James Caan
She said of joining Dragons’ Den, “I have always been a fan of the show and I was so pleased when the BBC asked me to be on it.”
The businesswoman built up a multimillion-pound empire after launching her firm Pall-Ex in 1996, selling her car and home to fund it.
She’s conquered a string of personal set backs to get to where she is today, including failed marriages, a stroke after plastic surgery and enduring the agony of her son’s heroin addiction.
She has had to tackle her son Melvin’s £600-a-day heroin habit – which he funded by stealing from his mother.
She said: ‘For a long time I had to lock every door behind me.
‘He would steal my clothes, food, electrical household items – anything he could sell for money to get a fix.’
But Hilary said he has overcome his addiction and said: ‘Time is a healer and he is going back to college.
‘We are really close and I will always be there for him.’
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