Dragons’ Den: CEO Steven Bartlett makes history as the youngest Dragon ever on the BBC show at the age of 28
Dragons’ Den: CEO Steven Bartlett makes history as the youngest Dragon ever on the BBC show at just 28
It’s the show where budding entrepreneurs have three minutes to pitch their ideas to five multi-millionaires in the hopes of getting financial backing.
And now Dragon’s Den will welcome its youngest Dragon ever, with entrepreneur Steven Bartlett, 28, replacing Tej Lalvani, 46, who announced his departure from the show in January.
Steven is the CEO of social media marketing firm The Social Chain – currently valued at £ 300 million – a company he set up from his Manchester bedroom after leaving university at the age of 22. Within five years he had made his firm public.
Milestone: Dragon’s Den Welcomes Its Youngest Dragon Ever As 28-Year-Old Entrepreneur Steven Bartlett (pictured) replaces Tej Lalvani, 46
This year he released a book entitled Happy Sexy Millionaire and he also hosts a podcast called The Diary Of A CEO.
Steven said he is ‘honored’ to appear on a show he’s seen since he was just 12, Subway reports.
He said, “It is a tremendous honor to join the Den, hopefully represent a new generation of entrepreneurs and inspire young and specifically under-represented entrepreneurs to follow in my footsteps.”
Tej announced in January that he would not be returning for the show’s 19th season.
Goodbye: Tej announced in January that he would not be returning for the show’s 19th season and stepped out of the Den after four years
The businessman announced that he would be leaving on board after four years.
Tej, who serves as CEO of the UK’s largest vitamin company Vitabiotics and has an estimated net worth of £ 390 million according to the Sunday Times Rich List, took part in the show in 2017.
He said of his decision, ‘I’m really excited about the upcoming series of Dragons’ Den, which looks set to be one of the best.
But after an incredibly enjoyable four years as Dragon, I’ve decided that this next series will be my last.
‘Due to my commitment to the international growth and expansion of my core activity and the many investments in recent years, I will unfortunately not be able to spend the necessary time to move forward.’
He added: ‘I would like to thank the BBC for the great opportunity, along with their support and understanding. I wish everyone on the team the very best as it has been a real pleasure to work together. ‘
Dragons’ Den has been delivering high-stakes TV drama since 2005 and for its 18th series it moved from BBC2 to BBC1.
The last series was filmed in 2020 after the introduction of new guidelines allowing TV production to resume during the pandemic.
Series 19 will be filmed this summer.
Tej revealed, ‘After an incredibly enjoyable four years as Dragon, I’ve decided this next series will be my last’