The Dragons’ Den cast: Everything you need to know about the Dragons’ Den investors

We take a look at every Dragon to have ever appeared on the entrepreneurial show....

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  • Megan Dunsby

The face of enterprise has changed dramatically over the years.

Yet while the entrepreneurial landscape has evolved during this time, one enterprising TV show has remained a popular hit among business owners, budding start-ups and Joe public – Dragons’ Den.

We wanted to take a look at investors new and old to find out exactly what happened when the Den’s cameras stop rolling.

From YO! Sushi founder Simon Woodroffe, who appeared in the first series of the Den, to high-profile former Dragons James Caan and Duncan Bannatyne, as well as the show’s current investors, this guide has you covered if you want to know more about the business tycoons that have judged the best and worst pitches from the show.

Want to know what happened to “the first lady of the Den” Rachel Elnaugh?

Want to learn about what Peter Jones – the only remaining “original” Dragon – gets up to outside of the Den façade?

Want to find out what each of the Dragons' most successful investments have been?

Look no further…

 

Simon Woodroffe OBE (Series 1, 2005) – replaced by Theo Paphitis
Rachel Elnaugh (Series 1 – Series 2, 2005) – replaced by Deborah Meaden and Richard Farleigh
Doug Richard (Series 1 – Series 2, 2005) – replaced by Deborah Meaden and Richard Farleigh
Richard Farleigh (Series 3 – Series 4, 2006 to 2007) – replaced by James Caan CBE
James Caan CBE (Series 5 – Series 8, 2007 to 2010) – replaced by Hilary Devey CBE
Hilary Devey CBE (Series 9 – Series 10, 2011 to 2012) – replaced by Piers Linney and Kelly Hoppen MBE
Theo Paphitis (Series 2 – Series 10, 2005 to 2012) – replaced by Piers Linney and Kelly Hoppen MBE
Piers Linney (Series 11 – Series 12, 2013 to 2015) – replaced by Toukey Suleyman, Sarah Willingham and Nick Jenkins
Kelly Hoppen MBE (Series 11 – Series 12, 2013 to 2015) – replaced by Touker Suleyman, Sarah Willingham and Nick Jenkins
Duncan Bannatyne OBE (Series 1 – Series 12, 2005 to 2015) – replaced by Touker Suleyman, Sarah Willingham and Nick Jenkins
Sarah Willingham (Series 13 – Series 14, 2015 to 2017) – replaced by Tej Lalvani and Jenny Campbell
Nick Jenkins (Series 13 – Series 14, 2015 to 2017) – replaced by Tej Lalvani and Jenny Campbell
Jenny Campbell (Series 15 – Series 16, 2017 to 2019) – replaced by Sara Davies
Peter Jones (Series 1 – ongoing, 2005 to current)
Deborah Meaden (Series 3 – ongoing, 2006 to present)
Touker Suleyman (Series 13 – ongoing, 2015 to current)
Tej Lalvani (Series 15– ongoing, 2017 to current)
Sara Davies (Series 17 – ongoing, 2018 to current)

Megan Dunsby
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