Lord Alan Sugar is best known for his long tenure as host of the BBC’s hugely successful show The Apprentice.
His qualifications to sit across from hopeful candidates in the boardroom have been built up through years of diverse business experience from heading up an early computing giant (Amstrad) to more recently acquiring a lucrative property empire.
A self-made man with an innate sense of corporate strategy, Sugar rose from humble beginnings in a council flat to being appointed the UK’s Enterprise Tsar through tenacity, savvy and a tell-it-like-it-is attitude.
However, his rise from obscurity to celebrity wasn’t without its setbacks and stumbles. Here is the story of one of Britain’s most influential businessmen.