The Apprentice: The 5 Most successful Contestants
No one wants to be on the wrong end of a Lord Sugar rant and his famous “You’re Fired“, but whether they managed to charm him or not, some of the contestants from past editions of The Apprentice have used the show as a springboard to pursue their own dreams.
Here’s a shortlist of those who changed their lives for the better thanks to this famous TV show:
Simon was probably The Apprentice’s cleverest contestant: at the age of 13 he became a member of Mensa with a measured IQ score of 174.
Now Simon is a property developer, runs an event company and has invested in a restaurant. He won the show by beating the infamous Katie Hopkins, among the others.
Katie’s never hidden the fact that she wasn’t interested in working for Lord Sugar and she was on The Apprentice just to become famous. Undeniably she has sort of succeeded: she’s one of the country’s most hated public figures due to her views on class and what people should name their children.
She went on to appear on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and political talk shows like Question Time and 10 O’Clock Live.
Katie is now a columnist for The Sun and every now and again you can see her on the telly spitting venom at the poor. She’s probably The Apprentice contestant with the biggest media exposure.
Tim won the first series of The Apprentice in 2005. Two years later he left his job at Lord Sugar’s company Amstrad to found Bright Ideas Trust: a social enterprise trust which helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to start up their own business.
In 2007 he became a Social Enterprise Ambassador as part of a new governmental initiative which aims at resolving social and ecological issues in an entrepreneurial way.
In 2012 he was made an MBE for his Services to Enterprise Culture and he now works in property, seeking prime locations for High Net Worth Individuals and organisations.
Michelle won Series Two thanks to her skills at organising a corporate piss-up inside Tower Bridge. She’s the only other contestant – apart from Stella English who reported Lord Sugar to an employment tribunal – to quit the job she had “won” before the end of the 12-month contract.
Michelle is now a motivational speaker who goes by the motto ‘Anything is Possible‘ which is also the title of her autobiography.
She is also a magazine columnist and a TV pundit for Sky and in 2010 she launched her bargain deals website DailyChic followed by LikeBees, a social buying site aimed at families.
The runner-up in the 2009 series, Kate Walsh went on to become a TV personality and presenter. After The Apprentice, she co-hosted the Channel 5 entertainment show: Live from Studio Five until 2011.
She was then a presenter for OK! TV, another entertainment show on Channel 5 and most recently she was a panelist on Big Brother’s Bit on the Side.
She’s now vice president of PANDORA, the designer jewellery manufacturer and retailer.