Dragons Den James Caan Attempts To Buy Baby
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James Caan attempts to buy Baby
I was quite shocked when i heard that James Caan tried to buy a 40 week old baby while doing charity work in Pakistan. He may be a millionaire dragon but there are some things you just cant buy and a baby who already has a family is one of them.
The village's he had been visiting along with his own daughter Hannah had recently been hit by devastating floods which had wiped out the baby's family home but when James held the baby he said how gorgeous she was and told how his brother lives in Pakistan and desperately wants a baby he then shocked everyone when he offered to give her family £100,000 Rupees to buy the baby and promised she would have the best life possible.
James daughter Hannah was stunned by her father's shock offer and could be seen protesting in the background but James went on to say "We could give this baby the best life she could ever have, so if the family are interested i would dearly love to take the baby and give her to my Brother."
James has since said that he was overcome with emotion and was "not acting rationally".He said that he recognises it was wrong and the baby would be better off staying with her family.
Just who doe's he think he is? this was not some business arrangement in the Den this was a baby who had her own family, a family that had already lost their home and now this man was offering to take their daughter too, Who is James to say that he could give the baby the best life she could have? If the baby has the love of her family then in my opinion that is the best life she could ever have because all the money in the world can not buy love.
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1. Deborah Meaden knew from an early age that she wanted her own business. She left school after her O-levels and studied at business college. Following graduation, she then worked as a sales room model in a fashion house before moving to Italy.
At the age of 19, with very little capital she launched her own glass and ceramics import company supplying upmarket stores like Harvey Nichols. Her next business venture was starting up one of the first Stefanels franchises in the country but she soon became dissatisfied with the franchise model, and sold her share to her business partner.
Several successful businesses in the leisure and retail sector later, she joined her family's business. Starting out on the shop floor, Deborah eventually became Managing Director of Weststar Holidays. In 1999 she went on to acquire the major shareholding in a management buyout, later selling the company in a deal worth £33m whilst retaining a 23% stake.
Deborah still retained an active role at Weststar, but began to devote more time to finding good investment opportunities, including those she found on Dragons' Den, which she joined in 2006 at the start of series 3.
In August 2007, she sold her remaining stake when Weststar Holidays was sold for £83m. She is now a full time investor with a portfolio which ranges from fashion to software, waste management to market research. Deborah supports a number of charities and is chair of the Childline "Child's Voice Appeal South West". She is also involved with environmental charities and initiatives and has recently accepted a role as an Ambassador for the WWF. Deborah lives in Somerset with husband Paul and a variety of pets.
2. Duncan Bannatyne had A poverty-stricken childhood which made Duncan more determined to make his fortune from an early age. After his naval career, which included a spell in military prison, Duncan drifted from job to job ending up in Jersey. It was here that he made the decision to turn his life around.
Duncan joined the Den in 1996 and has agreed investments in the Den for £1,617,500,00 in total and has shares in 21 businesses. He began his entrepreneurial life by trading in cars, but it was with an ice cream van purchased for £450 that he changed the course of his life.
With "Duncan's Super Ices", he set out to become the King of the 99 and eventually sold the business for £28,000, founding a nursing home business on the proceeds. He later sold his nursing home business for £46 million in 1996.
During the last 10 years, Duncan has expanded into health clubs with the Bannatyne's chain to his name, and also owns bars, hotels and property. Bannatyne's is now the largest independent chain of health clubs in the UK. Duncan's latest venture is Bannatyne's Sensory Spa, a chain of luxury health and wellbeing spas. Quoted on 'The Sunday Times 2009 Rich List' as having wealth to the tune of £320m, Duncan holds an OBE and was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) from Glasgow Caledonian University for services to business and charity and an honorary Doctor of Business from the University of Teesside.
Over 30 charities have benefited from Duncan's involvement and he has recently launched the Bannatyne Charitable Trust to support worthwhile causes. A Dragon in the Den since the first series, Duncan recently appeared on BBC Two's "Duncan Bannatyne Takes On Tobacco" when he visited Africa to investigate the marketing tactics used by big tobacco companies in Mauritius, Malawi and Nigeria.
3. James Caan says his father, who worked day and night to establish his leather-trading business when he moved to London from Pakistan in the 60s, is his inspiration to work hard, be successful and give something back. Since first appearing on Dragons Den in 2007 James has invested in 16 businesses for £1,161,666,67. He left school at 16 and rather than joining the family business decided to go it alone, taking office and retail jobs until he found his forte in recruitment.
In 1985, he set up the Alexander Mann Group, one of the UK's leading HR outsourcing companies, and achieved a turnover of £130m before selling it to a private equity firm in 2002. James also co-founded an executive headhunting firm with partner Doug Bougie, which they successfully expanded globally through its Humana International brand, growing to over 147 offices across 30 countries before it was bought by a New York-listed company. A graduate of Harvard Business School's prestigious Advanced Management Programme, in 2003 Caan was named PricewaterhouseCoopers' Entrepreneur of the Year and was recently a Resident Entrepreneur Mentor for MBA students at London Business School.
In 2006, the James Caan Foundation was set up to help children in both the western and developing world. James supports the NSPCC's full stop campaign as well as being involved in a number of educational charities, helping deprived children in the UK and India to get a good education. James is also proud to have built schools in his native Lahore, Pakistan where local children can attend lessons for free. He lives in London with his wife and enjoys regularly meeting up with his two grown-up daughters.
4. Peter Jones entrepreneurial journey started early when, at the age of 16, he founded a tennis academy. His career then took a technical curve, setting up a computer business and later a computer support company. Peter then experienced a run of bad luck in the form of a "fun if costly mistake" investing in a restaurant and losing his house and cars when his computer business closed.
Peter first appeared on Dragons Den in 2005 and has agreed investments in 32 separate businesses totalling £2,024,166,67. At the age of 28, Peter joined corporate giant Siemens Nixdorf and ran its computer business in the UK. In 1998 he founded Phones International Group, a telecommunications firm that now generates revenues in excess of £200m.
His business interests range from telecoms, leisure, publishing to TV and media. Peter has won many national awards, including Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002. Now in his early forties, Peter is considered to be one of the UK's leading young businessmen. The Peter Jones Foundation was established in 2005, to offer funding and support to underprivileged children in the UK.
Through the foundation Peter has also set up the National Enterprise Academy, working with the government's New Enterprise Scheme to shift the boardroom to the classroom. The course for 16 - 19 year old entrepreneurs will open its doors in September 2009. In 2008 a national newspaper challenged Peter to sit an A level business studies exam which he passed with flying colours, gaining an A grade without formally studying the course material. Peter was awarded a CBE in the '2009 New Years Honours List' for services to business, entrepreneurship and young people.
5. Theo Paphitis was Born in Cyprus, his family immigrated to Britain in the 1960s and Theo showed his business skills at the tender age of 15 when he was put in charge of his North London school's tuck shop, achieving notable success.
Theo has agreed investments in the Den in 31 businesses that total £2,171,666,67 since joining the show in 2005. His formal working career started as a junior clerk with a Lloyds of London broker before moving into retail at the age of 18. He then moved into property and corporate finance, setting up his own company aged just 23. He was Chairman of Millwall FC for eight years, taking the club out of administration and into the Championship and to the FA Cup final against Manchester United and then into Europe for the first time in their history.
He has also revived the fortunes of notable retail brands such as Ryman, La Senza Lingerie (UK), Contessa Lingerie, Partners the Stationers and Stationery Box. He sold his interest in La Senza and Contessa in 2006 and now retains a minority shareholding. In 2008, he combined the stationery businesses to launch a new chain, Ryman Stationery, where he is now Chairman. Another notable venture is Red Letter Days, the company he salvaged out of administration with fellow Dragon, Peter Jones.
In summer 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Middlesex. Theo lives in Surrey with his wife Debbie. They have five children and three grandchildren.
Some Entrepreneurs have made nothing from being on the show but others have made a fortune such as, Alistair Turner and Anthony Coates-Smith, both 31, who were the very first entrepreneurs from BBC's Dragons' Den to become millionaires. Their business Igloo Thermo Logistics, was valued at some £4m, only a matter of months after 'dragons' Richard Farleigh and Duncan Bannatyne gave them a £160,000 cash injection for a 22.5% stake.
Their business delivers chilled and frozen foods for the likes of Marks & Spencer and pharmaceutical firms and right now they are in the middle of negotiating some very big contracts. They have opened a new centre in Leeds and are significantly expanding their original Watford base.
Inventor Andrew Harsley secured a £36m deal has made him the biggest success story yet from TV show Dragons' Den.
Viewers of the BBC2 programme watched Mr Harsley secure a £150,000 investment for the 'Rapstrap', a reusable polyurethane band that can tie up bin bags, cables, plants and saplings. Now, one of the world's leading plastics distributors has ordered 1bn of the plastic straps, which have been billed as the 'next generation cable tie'.
Over the next three years, the deal will net £36m for Mr Harsley and Dragons James Caan and Duncan Bannatyne, who made a joint bid for 50% of his firm.
Levi Roots, 50, is a musician who won support on BBC's Dragons' Den, persuading Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh to invest £50,000 in his Reggae Reggae Sauce which is now on sale in hundreds of supermarkets.
He has seven children but lives alone in Brixton. he said his sauce is a secret family recipe handed down from one generation to another. I learned it from my grandmother when I was living in Jamaica. Although I've been a musician since I was in my 20s, I have made and sold Reggae Reggae Sauce at Brixton market and Notting Hill Carnival for years as a support to my income.
Levi gave the proceeds from his Reggae Reggae single to charity because he felt that if he hadn't had the chance to go on TV and sing it to 3m people he wouldn't even be here now.
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