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Deborah Meaden

speaker location icon Somerset, UK

Popular Dragons’ Den investor

Author, Common Sense Rules (2009)

Involved in numerous philanthropic activities, including the WWF

Deborah Meaden is a British multi-millionairess and well-known dragon who launched her own glass and ceramics export company straight out of business college. She then went on to set up one of the first Stefanel fashion franchises in the UK.

With several successful business in the leisure and retail sector under her belt, Deborah became Managing Director of her family’s holiday park business Weststar Holidays, acquired the major shareholding in a management buyout and later sold the company in a deal worth £33 million whilst retaining a 23% stake.

She still retains an active role at Weststar but is devoting more time to finding good investment opportunities, the first of which was a market research company.

Deborah first appeared on Dragons’ Den in Series 3 and has been a huge success ever since. She is author of “Common Sense Rules: What You Really Need to Know About Business” (Random House Business, 2010).

Deborah actively supports a number of environmental charities and initiatives including the annual Observer Ethical Awards, which she has judged since 2008. In 2009 Deborah accepted the role of Ambassador for the WWF, the world’s leading environmental organisation, and she also recently joined the board for The Roundhouse in North London.

Our Comment

"Deborah is a widely respected businesswoman and one of the most popular investors on the BBC’s Dragons Den. A straight-talking speaker who is passionate about mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs, Deborah is an inspiring presenter. "

On starting your own business (2012)

[youtube http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16394241]

On the microfinance (2012)

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