The most successful winner of the UK version of The Apprentice is series eight winner Ricky Martin, new analysis shows. The businessman's company, Hyper Recruitment Solutions, boasts net assets of £2.26 million.
Research, conducted by UK financial services provider CMC Markets used the latest financial reports from Endole to discover the latest report of net assets in each of The Apprentice winners’ businesses, to determine which of them are the most successful.
Ricky Martin, who won the show in 2012, received a £250,000 investment in his recruitment company Hyper Recruitment Solutions from Lord Alan Sugar. The company now has net assets of £2.26 million, making him the most successful winner.
Series seven winner Tom Pellereau is in second place, with his beauty business Stylideas boasting net assets of £1.37 million. Series seven was the first to offer a £250,000 investment as the grand prize, with the previous six winners all being granted a job with Lord Sugar instead.
In third place is series nine winner Dr Leah Totton, whose chain of cosmetic procedure clinics exhibit net assets of £664,490. Alana Spencer’s business from series 12 ranks fourth. Ridiculously Rich by Alana which specialises in handmade cakes and chocolates detailed £494,740 in net assets in the company’s latest report.
The company with the fifth highest net assets is owned by series 10 winner Mark Wright, who started Climb Online, a digital marketing agency. Climb Online has £471,940 in net assets according to their latest report.
In sixth place is Carina Lepore from series 15 of The Apprentice. She runs a chain of bakeries called Dough Artisan Bakehouse in south-east London which most recently reported net assets of £260,300.
A spokesperson for CMC Markets commented on the research: “It is interesting to look back at past winners and their businesses to see how Lord Sugar’s investment made a difference. Not only can the investment from Lord Sugar be transformative for many contestants’ business but the brand recognition from being featured on the show can also greatly increase the winner’s chances of successfully running their business, even many years after appearing on the series.”
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