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Dragons’ Den: Who’s next?

With Nick Jenkins and Sarah Willingham exiting the BBC Two show after its 14th series, here are 17 investor candidates to fill their boots…

It’s all change for the BBC’s Dragons’ Den with two of its five Dragon investors – Sarah Willingham and Nick Jenkins – quitting the show after its current airing.

With the show's makers already calling for businesses to pitch on the next series, Peter Jones CBE, Deborah Meaden and Touker Suleyman appear ready to return to our screens with new colleagues.

But who will these new Dragons be?

For a bit of fun, we've ranked 17 candidates that the show's producers will almost certainly have on their list. We've left out the most obvious possibility of ex-Dragons Theo Paphitis and James Caan making a return and sought fresh blood.

Equally, we can't really see serial angel investor and government report author Sherry Coutu CBE opting in. And there were countless others, such as Graze entrepreneur Graham Bosher who has sold businesses and has some cash in the bank, but don't strike us as likely.

Despite his profile, serial investor and ex-Strada and Pizza Express boss Luke Johnson dismissed shows such as Dragons' Den and The Apprentice as being “far from an accurate portrayal […] of the entrepreneurial process”. So let's assume he'd be a ‘no' too.

Instead, we've compiled a handy list of some top businessmen and women who fit the profile, along with a couple of curve balls for good measure. See if you agree with our Startups Odds and read on…



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