Entrepreneurs, Philanthropist Television Personalities
Entrepreneur is an individual who operates a business or company, which scale from solo, part time to large businesses crating many jobs and hiring more employees, and also develops a business model or description of how an organization creates, delivers, and captures value which acquires the human and other required resources, and the full responsibility for its success or failure. The entrepreneurship operates within an entrepreneurship ecosystem referring to individuals, organizations or institutions, tending to promote or assist to the choice of an individual to become an entrepreneur, or the probabilities of the entrepreneur’s success after launching their business. Numerous ventures for entrepreneurial company seek venture capital or angel funding or seed money, in order to raise capital for building the business. Numerous organizations exist to support would-be entrepreneurs, which includes government agencies, business incubators (which differ from research and technology parks in their dedication to start-up and early-stage company) science parks (usually supported by universities) and some non-governmental organization (NGOs). Philanthropy means love of humanity, or the sense of caring, nourishing, developing and enhancing of being human, on both the benefactors,by exercising their values in giving and doing volunteer work, and beneficiaries who benefits most of it, such as charity institutions and other NGOs projects. And usually, the difference cited is that charity relieves the burdens of social problems, while in philanthropy attempts to solve those problems at their root causes which the difference between giving a hungry man a fish, and teaching him how to fish for himself. Philanthropist is a person who practices philanthropy.
1) Donald Trump
The Apprentice is an American reality game show hosted by Donald Trumps, a well known real estate magnate, businessman and TV personality, which is aired on NBC and created by English TV producer, Mark Burnett. The series is the original show in U.S. version in the television show franchise known as The Apprentice. Also known as The Ultimate Job Interview, the U.S. version starred by sixteen to eighteen business people or entrepreneurs, competing in an elimination competition. The prize is a one-year, $250,000 starting contract to run one of the companies of Donald Trump. Each episode of the series, commonly ends up with Trump, eliminating one of the contestants with the familiar lines, You’re fired. Donald John Trump, Sr. is an American businessman, investor television personality and author, and the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and also the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Donald Trump, which made him famous celebrity who was No. 17 on the Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2011’s list. In January 2004, the series, The Apprentice was first aired and has run for 13 seasons, of the original format of the Apprentice show, and the Celebrity Apprentice. The series, The Apprentice is considered one of the famous reality show of real estate entrepreneurs in the United States. Since 1996, the Miss Universe Organization, which produces the famous beauty pageants such as Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, owned by Donald Trump and the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), which became a joint partner in 2003. Trump is also known as The Donald, a nicknamed by the media after his first wife Ivana Trump, (born Ivana Marie Zelníčková) is a Czech-American athlete, fashion model and socialite, referred to him as such in an interview. There were rumors, that Trump does not shake hands because of fear of germs, but Trumps claimed those are only rumors spread by his enemies. Trump married Ivana Zelníčková on April 7, 1977 and together they have three children, Donald Trump, Jr. (born December 31, 1977), Ivanka (born October 30, 1981), and Eric (born January 6, 1984). Trump and Ivana were divorced in 1992. Trump married Maria Maples in 1993, and together they had one child, Tiffany Trump (born October 13, 1993), however, on June 8, 1999, the couple divorced. Donald Trump proposed on April 26, 2004, to Melania Knauss (born Melanija Knavs , former Slovenian model, and married on January 22, 2005, at Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church, on the Palm Beach island, Florida, followed by a reception at Mar-A-Largo estate owned by Trump. On March 20, 2006, Melania gave birth to a boy named Barron William Trump, Donald Trump’s fifth child. Trump has seven grandchildren: five from his son Donald Jr. and two from his daughter Ivanka .
2) The Apprentice UK
The Apprentice UK is a reality game show in United Kingdom, where a group of aspiring entrepreneurs or businessmen amen compete for the chance to work with Alan Sugar, the British business magnate. In The Apprentice UK series one to six, the prize was a £100,000-a-year job as an apprentice to the Sugar’s firm, and the winners will have the chance to work at an electronic manufacturing company, Amstrad, founded by Alan Sugar (but was sold to BSkyB), or one of other companies owned by Alan Sugar, such as Viglen, Amsprop or Amshold. The Apprentice UK, is named as a job interview from hell, which has similarity in format to the American Series The Apprentice, which starred entrepreneur Donald Trump. The Apprentice show of both American and British versions are produced by Mark Burnett. The reality show has spawned three spin-offs, The Apprentice: You’re Fired! (a studio-based program which acts as a partner to the regular television series), also celebrity versions for Comic Relief and Sport Relief. The Apprentice series has led other production companies to produce reality television shows following a similar format, such as Tycoon, Beat the Boss and Election. The Apprentice has also compared to another reality series known as the Dragon’s Den on BBC Network. Alan Michael Sugar, Baron Sugar Kt, from the East End of London, is an English business magnate, media personality, and political advisor. Alan Sugar’s estimated wealth as of 2011, is of £700m (US$1.14 billion), and was ranked 89th in the 2011 Sunday Times Rich List. Sugar sold his remaining interest in Amstrad’s consumer electronics company, in 2007, his largest and best-known business venture. Alan Sugar hosted The Apprentice UK in the BBC television series, since 2005, which has been broadcast annually, which is based on the US television show, The Apprentice, featuring the American entrepreneur Donald Trump. During Sugar’s younger days, his family lived in a council flat ( also known as local authority house, normally part of a council estate, is a form of public or social housing). Sugar was nicknamed Mop head, because of his curly hair, and still called at present. Sugar made extra money during his younger age by working at a greengrocers. At age 16, Sugar worked briefly for the civil service as a statistician at the Ministry of Education after school. Then he purchased a van from his savings of £50, and started selling car aerials and electrical goods out of a van. Sugar married Ann Simons on April 28, 1968, they have two sons and a daughter, and the family resides in Chigwell, Essex. In 1968, Alan Sugar founded his company, Amstrad , the name being an acronym of his initials, Alan Michael Sugar Trading. The Amstrad company began as a general importer and exporter and wholesaler, but later specializes in consumer electronics.
3) The Apprentice Asia
The Apprentice Asia is an Asian reality game show, where competitors were a group of aspiring young entrepreneurs compete for the chance to work with magnate Tony Fernandes, the Malaysian entrepreneur, who also serves as the host of the reality television show. Also dubbed as the World’s Toughest Job Interview, which is also the Asian version of the original American version’s The Apprentice, aired on AXN Asia and produced by FremantleMeida Asia, All American Television and Atlantis, which was broadcast from May until July 2013. On July 31, 2013’s last show, the winner is a senior product manager, Jonathan Allen Yabut of the Republic of the Philippines was hired by Tony Fernandes. The runner-up, is from Singapore, Andrea Loh Ern-Yu, a civil-and-commercial litigation lawyer. Jonathan Yabut beat eleven finalists,six men and six women participants fro across Asia, winning a one-year contract and a six-figure salary job in AirAsia Airlines owned by Tony Fernandes. The Apprentice Asia show is hosted by Tony Fernandes, joined by Mark Lankester, CEO of the Tune Hotels’ Group, and Kathleen Tan, CEO of Expedia Asia, analyzing what went wrong with the strategies of the contestants and business outcomes, and decide which team member of the losing team should be fired from the show. The contestants lived in a hotel suite in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the show. Then during the elimination took the form of one contestant being fired by host Tony Fernandes at the conclusion of the episode each week. The competitors were divided by genders, originally, into two corporations. The men chose name Mavericks for their company, and the women chose the name Apex for their company. Fernandes assigned tasks for the teams each week, and each team chose their project manager each week to lead them in the week’s assigned task. The winning team received a reward, while the losing team faced a showdown into a boardroom with Fernandes and two of his associates in order to decide and determine which one member of the team would be fired.
Tan Sri Anthony Francis “Tony” Fernandes, CBE is a Malaysian-British entrepreneur, founder of Tune Air Sdn. Bhd, ( private limited company (Ltd.) who introduced the first budget no-frills airline, or low-cost airlines, AirAsia to Malaysians with the Now everyone can fly tagline. Tony Fernandes turned AirAsia, a failing government-linked commercial airline, into a highly successful budget airline public-listed company. Tony Fernandes has since founded the Tune Group of companies, and also became an instrumental in lobbying the then- Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysian Prime Minister in mid-2003, and also propose the idea of open skies agreements (a policy for international concept that calls for the liberalization of the rules and regulations of the international aviation industry, especially commercial aviation in order to create a free-market environment for the airline industry) with its neighboring country such as Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore and as a result, these countries have granted landing rights to AirAsia and other discount carriers or low budget airlines. Tony Fernandes was valued net worth at $650 million, by Forbes Asia, ranking him at number 28 on the Forbes list of Malaysia’s Richest as of February 2014. Fernandes was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to an Indian father from Goa, India and his mother, Ena Dorothy Fernandes, an ethnic group of Eurasian ancestry in Malaysia and Singapore known as Kristang tribe of Malacca, Malaysia. Tony Fernandes used to accompany his businesswoman mother, to Tupperware dealer parties and conventions during his younger days. From 1992 to 2001,Tony Fernandes became the Warner Music Group regional Vice President in South East Asia, and when Time Warner Inc announced its merger with America Online Inc., Tony Fernandes left the company, to pursue his ambition of starting a budget airline. But the Malaysian government rejected his application for a license, and acquired the license when he met with the Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, through the former Malaysian Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry secretary- general, Datuk Pahamin A. Rejab, in October 2001. The former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, advised Fernandes to purchase an existing airlines, instead of starting from scratch, And purchased AirAsia, the heavily indebted sister company of the Malaysian government-owned corporate group, DRB-HICOM (one of Malaysia’s leading corporations) was losing money. To acquire the company, Tony Fernandes mortgaged his home and used his personal savings, comprising two jet aircraft Boeing 737-300 and debts of US$11 million (RM40 million). AirAsia had break- even and cleared all its debts one year after Fernandes took over the AirAsia company. In 2007, Tony Fernandes started a hotel chain business in 2007, such as the Tune Hotels, based on the no-frills concept (service or product which the non-essential features have been removed to keep the price low, or something offered to customers for no additional charges, characterize as a frill, for example, free drinks on airline’s travel) . Tony Fernandes has properties in Britain, Australia and the Far East. Fernandes hosted in a reality TV series, The Apprentice Asia in 2013, an Asian reality game show in which a group of aspiring young businessmen and women compete for the chance to work with the company of Tony Fernandes.
Tycoon was an ITV reality TV show, based on the existing American Inventor of the Peter Jones/Simon Cowell production, which premiered on June 19, 2007. Peter Jones was the star of the reality show, who searched for entrepreneurs with ideas, and helped turn into profit-making companies, in which the winners was selected by the people, while the entrepreneurs competes for other profits from companies and support from Peter Jones. The Tycoon television series also includes a viewers’ competition in which of the winning company’s 25% shares were divided between 2,000 viewers. However, the series Tycoon was pulled after two weeks, from its Tuesday night’s slot at 9 p.m. due to disappointing ratings. The series returned on July 9, Monday night at 10 p.m. after a missing week, cut from one hour to 30 minutes and reduced from six episodes to five. On July 23, Tycoon’s final episode took place on July 23, Monday, on ITV, with host Kate Thornton. The winner, Iain Morgan was announced as the winner of the Tycoon series. Peter Jones, CBE ( appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 New Year Honors), a British entrepreneur and businessman with interests in mobile phones, television, media, leisure and property. Peter Jones is also known as a host of the series Dragons’ Den on the BBC Two television show and on American television series American Inventor. Peter Jones is currently residing in Beaconsfield, South Buckinghamshire with Tara, his partner and their three children, Natalia, Isabella and Tallulah. Jones and his first wife, Caroline, separated, and together they had two children, Annabelle and William. Peter Jones took over as the face of BT Business from Chef Gordon Ramsay. The Tycoon winner, Iain Morgan (29), from Portsmouth, importing and selling new radio controlled toy helicopters under the business name Bladez Toyz. Morgan was the first of the contestants to bid successfully for additional investment from Peter Jones, after Morgan impressed Jones with his pre-orders for the toys which are manufactured in China. Another winner, Lauren Pope, age 23, from Torquay, is an English television personality, actress, model, DJ, msic producer, and entrepreneur, as the fourth place with her Hair Rehab, made of 100% Human hair extensions. developing a prototype which impressed Jones, but failed to secure funding for a China trip to source suitable hair for use in the product. Then on the final closed down week 2 of the series, winner Tom Thurlow, age 17, from Cheltenham, a British entrepreneur, best known for epi-culture, a children’s book company specializing in signed first editions. A free newspaper for teenagers called Snap News. Peter Jones, lost confidence and also felt, Tom’s focus and business ability and his ideas, after he hired an ex-editor of OK! magazine to design his paper, although Jones, liked the idea and title of Tom Thurlow’s paper. Tom Thurlow business shut down in the second show.
5) Dragon’s Den
Evan Harold Davis is an English economist, journalist, and BBC presenter, who took over from Peter Jay as the economics editor of BBC in October 2001. In April 2008, Davis left this post to become a presenter on Today BBC Radio 4 program, and left the show’s edition after September 26, 2014 to become Newsnight‘s main presenter, replacing Jeremy Paxman. Evan Davis became the presenter for the Dragon’s Den, a venture-capitalist reality television series on BBC Two, and also on BBC Radio 4’s The Bottom Line, a business conversation show. Evan Davis joined the BBC as an economics correspondent since 1993. Davis is openly gay and currently living with his partner, French landscaping architect, Guillaume Baltz.
The Dragon’s Den is a British reality television series, owned by Sony Pictures, produced by BBC Manchester since its first aired on January 4, 2005 on BBC Two, and originally based from a Japanese television show, hosted by Evan Davis. The shows format is about several entrepreneurs given the opportunity to present their various ideas about starting up a business to panel of five rich and famous investors, called the Dragons of the show, where they give financial investments and offer a stake of company in return. A Dragon declares they are out if they think the offer or the business ideas do not have the potential to prosper, and the investor do not want to invest, and leave the discussion wit the other Dragons. But if the business proposals are credible, the Dragons make heir negotiations with the entrepreneurs. In some cases, Dragons ridicule the contestants, on various grounds, or by over-evaluation of their respective companies. Duncan Walker Bannatyne, OBE, a Scottish author, philanthropist and entrepreneur, which most of his business interests were transport and property, hotels, health clubs, spas, media and television, and stage schools. Bannatyne is best known for his appearance on the BBC show Dragon’s Den as a business angel. Bannatyne was first married in 1983 to Gail and they have four children, Hollie, Abigail, Jennifer and Eve. In 1992, Bannatyne met, Joanne McCue, while she worked as a junior nurse at Quality Care Homes. In March 2006, Bannatyne proposes to McCue in Barbados, and married on November 11, 2006 at St. Mary’s Church in Norton. The grand wedding was attended by famous personality including his fellow Dragons, Theo Paphitis, Richard Farleigh, Simon Woodroffe, Deborah Meaden and presenter of Dragon’s Den, Evan Davis. The couple have two children, Emily born in 1999 and Thomas born in 2002. Duncan Bannatyne has two grandchildren Ava and Austin from his eldest daughter. However in 2010, Joanne McCue Bannatyne filed divorce and was finalized in January 2013. It was reported in May 2013, that Bannatyne is £122m in debt, but Bannatyne claimed that this is a company debt, and the company has £230m assets. In The Graham Norton Show, Bannatyne revealed having cosmetic surgery under his eyes. Bannatyne also announced in 2011, that he was suffering from Prosopagnosia also known as face blindness, a cognitive disorder of face perception, where the ability to recognize faces is not normal, while some visual processing such as discrimination of object and decision making or intellectual functioning remain intact.
Theo Paphitis is a Greek Cypriot descent, a British entrepreneur and retail magnate, best known for his appearance on the BBC reality business series Dragon’s Den and a former Millwall Football Club’s chairman. Paphitis sold his equity shares in 2006 in the La Senza lingerie brand for £100 million reportedly, and also he is the owner of Ryman, a UK stationery retail company with over 230 outlets nationwide in the UK, website and stores provide a wide range of stationery, and office supplies for homes and businesses. He also owned the Robert Dyas is a UK retailer, provide ranges of housewares, small electrical appliances, gardening products, kitchenwares, DIY, and consumer electronics throughout 96 stores, in Greater London and South East England, and also a and lingerie retailer Boux Avenue. Theo Paphitis is dyslexic in his younger days, and he worked as a tea boy and a filing clerk at an insurance broker’s office in City of London, and at the age of 18, he worked as a sales assistant for Watches of Switzerland in Bond Street when his interests focused for retailing and sales. Then he also worked selling commercial mortgages at Legal & General, where he learned to read balance sheets and other businesses at age 21. He then set up a property finance firm at age 23, with Marc Moran, his close friend and business associate, and continued to work until a friend left in rise in mobile telephones, he purchased into NAG Telecom, and became the chairman with fellow director Tony Kleanthous, currently the chairman of Barnet FC. Theo Paphitis profit a large market share for NAG by negotiating in Ryman stationary stores in per share compensation, and later bought he Ryman company when it went bankrupt. Paphitis improved the relationship with their suppliers and the management team, and build his reputation for saving the failing company into a successful and profitable businesses. In 2005, Paphitis was approached to become one of the dragons in the Dragon’s Den a BBC Two entrepreneurship TV series, and left after the season in 2012. He is best known as the approachable, sincere and straight-talking dragon, who made many investments on the show, both single investor or joined partnership with fellow dragon investors. Paphitis is married to Debbie, whom he called as Mrs. Pon Dragon’s Den, and both have two sons and three daughters, including twins, and have four grandchildren.
Richard Bruce Farleigh is an Australian private investor, member of the Business Review Weekly Rich 200 list, a list of the 200 wealthiest Australian personalities, and in 2006, he was chosen as one of the dragons investors on BBC’s Dragon’s Den series 3 and 4. Farleigh lives previously in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and now lives in London, United Kingdom. He was born Richard Buckland Smith in Kyabram, Victoria, Australia. He was one of the eleven siblings, whom his parents sent him when he was two, and his siblings to foster homes. Richard was adopted by a family from Peakhurst, Sydney, Australia, and his foster family gave him the surname Farleigh. Richard’s biological father was a laborer and sheep shearer. In the 1980’s Farleigh graduated with honors, and worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia, and at age 23, he worked as an investment banker and trader at the Bankers Trust Australia in Sydney, where he worked for ten years. In the 1990’s Farleigh left Australia, and moved with his wife, Camilla Farleigh, and his son in Bermuda, when he was then hired to run a hedge fund (an investment vehicle that pools capital from a number of investors and invests in securities). Farleigh became friends with chess grand master David Norwood, and at the age of 34, Farleigh decided to retire after three years and moved to Monte Carlo, Monaco. Richard Farleigh invested £2m in the renovation of the old French Embassy mansion in Portman Square in London in 1999, turning it into the private Home House members club. Farleigh as one of the investors on the show Dragon’s Den, stated that he would be seeking further investments through the show.Richard Farleigh was announced that he had been dropped from the series on May 21, 2007. Several companies Farleigh invested in several companies during the Dragon’s Den show, that includes, ClearSpeed Technology Ltd is a semiconductor company, Evolution Group plc is a leading British-based financial services business, IP2IPO, Proximagen a pharmaceutical company, Home House and Wolfson Microelectronics.
Deborah Sonia Meaden age 55, is an English businesswoman best known for her appearances on the business program Dragon’s Den on BBC Two. Deborah and her older sister, Gail, moved with their mother to Brightlingsea, Essex, after her parents divorced. Her mother married Brian, whom Meaden calls her dad, and had two more daughters, Cass and Emma. Meaden studied business at Brighton Technical College, and at age 16, after leaving school, she worked as a sales-room model in a fashion house. Meaden is best known for her appearance on the Dragon’s Den show on BBC Two as one of the dragon. During the third series of the show, Meaden, took over from Rachel Elnaugh on August 3, 2006, and just like Elnaugh, she was the only female dragon among the panel of investors. Elnaugh left the show, following the first two seasons’ five investments, of the show, a result of disputes with various Dragons, which resulted in an uncomfortable position of the BBC as failed businesswoman to be on a business panel, and she agreed to leave the panel of the Dragon’s Den. In February 2011, Hilary Devey joined the panel of the Dragon’s Den to replace James Caan. Meaden has agreed investments in 34 businesses to the value of over £2m. Only Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis have invested more than Meaden. Rachel Meaden is married to Paul Beaden.
Hilary Lorraine Devey CBE, is an English businesswoman, TV personality, and entrepreneur, became known for her appearance as the dragon for two years on the Dragon’s Den on BBC Two, until she left to present the series on Channel 4, The Intern. Devey grew up in Bolton, Lancashire, witnessing her father’s bankruptcy at the age of seven, who had owned a central heating company, when bailiff (a legal officer or custodian with given authority) removed furniture and household goods from their family home. Her father then worked as managing pubs and hotels. Devey made her fortune launching Pall Ex, in 1996, a palletised (sometimes inaccurately called a skid, which has no bottom deck boards, or a flat transport structure that supports goods in a stable condition while being lifted by a forklift, pallet jack, front loader, work saver or jacking devices) freight network, based on the well-established hub and express parcels distribution model. In February 2011, Devey joined the panel of the Dragon’s Den on BBC Two program, after former dragon, James Caan left the show. Hilary Devey popularized her expression You would make my foot itch, on the show, to indicate dissatisfaction or lack of interest in a business venture. In June 2012, Devey left the show, as she had signed an exclusive two year contract with Channel 4. Hilary Devey previously lived near Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire,England, and later moved to Boylestone in Derbyshire. Devey owned a property in London and villas in Morocco, Spain and a mansion in Boca Raton, Florida. She has been divorced twice and has stated publicly that her 24 year-old son, Mevlit Brewster-Ahmet, is a former heroin and crack cocaine addict for seven years. In 2009, Hilary Devey suffered a stroke, after she underwent an abdominaplasty, a cosmetic surgery procedure also known as tummy tuck. Devey revealed on an interview on October 28, 2012, on BBC Radio 4, about her family’s heartaches, when her mother found out, only years after being together with her father, that his father, had a wife and four children. History repeated itself, after Devey, herself discovered that her former partner was also already married with five children.
James Caan, born Nazim Khan is a British-Pakistani entrepreneur, and television personality, best known as a former investor on the Dragon’s Den series on BBC television program, in which he was one of the Dragons from 2007 to 2010. James Caan, has hosted The Business Class on CNBC, a series with a format joined by experts from a cross section of industries to analyse and advise innovative small and medium enterprises in the United Kingdom. James Caan is also Chairman of the Start Up Loans Scheme a UK Government office, that supports, mentoring and funding entrepreneurs to start their own business. James Caan was born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and at age two, his family emigrated to the United Kingdom. His father established clothing company in Brick Lane, East London, and his father wanted him to join the family business once Caan completed his education. However, James Caan wanted to find his own business. Before he started his O Level (Ordinary Level) , he left home at age 16, and moved to a flat in Kensington, and led this o become estranged from his father for many years. Caan went to a recruitment agency to find some work, because he had no formal experience of work. His first job was door to door salesman, which later, he found tiring, and worked for various recruitment agencies, and started a fashion boutique with his wife, Aisha before deciding he wanted to start his own company. In the early 1980’s, James Caan started his own recruitment company . His first office was in Pall Mall, but his office was so small that the door could not be opened wide, as his office table was blocking the door. Caan chose this office space, purposely, due to prestigious address to convey an image of a bigger company to attract his clients. He usually have meeting with client in coffee shops, and he would tell them that they were so busy that all the rooms were full, as he had no conference rooms. During this time he also changed his name from Nazim Khan to James Caan after he watched the movie of famous actor, James Caan, and an alternative way to spell Khan, and this new name was more easy to remember and also helped him in his recruitment company. Caan joined the panel of Dragon’s Den in 2007, for the fifth series of the show. In 2012, Hilary Devey replaced James Caan on Dragons Den. James Caan launched his mobile app James Caan Business Secrets in 2011, and the app stormed to Number 1 in the iTunes chart and went on to become the fastest downloaded Business app of the year within weeks of launching the app. James Caan was approached by LinkedIn on October 2012, to be one of 150 LinkedIn Influencers. James Caan surpassed 1 million followers on LinkedIn by June 2014. Caan have two children with wife Aisha.
Simon Woodroffe OBE, age 62, is an English motivational speaker and entrepreneur. Woodroffe is best known for for starting up a sushi chain of shops, YO! Sushi in 1997 and has appeared as a Dragon on the Dragon’s Den, the first UK series.The business established Conveyor belt sushi or also called sushi-go-round bars, that features call buttons, robot drinks trolleys, Japanese TV, self heating plates and other novelties. Woodroffe was able to launch the sushi business without start-up capital, and during that time,his first restaurant opened, however, he was unable to have financing from the banks, despite the popularity of his sushi restaurants. Woodroffe then asked his largest supplier to extend the terms for payments of his debts. Simon Woodroffe sold his controlling interest in YO! Sushi in a £10m deal in September 2003, backed by Primary Capital a private equity firm. Woodroffe retained a 22% shares and continued to work as a business entrepreneur, also taking time to present television shows. Primary Capital has since sold YO! Sushi, and Woodroffe has sold his remaining shares, but is entitled to a royalty of 1% of gross sales in perpetuity.
6) Shark Tank
Shark Tank is an American reality TV competition show on ABC which premiered since August 9, 2009, featuring aspiring entrepreneurs making presentations and business proposals to a panel of Shark Tank investors, and these potential investors are called sharks. The reality competition series is based on the format of international reality show Dragon’s Den. In January 2015, a Portuguese version of the show is to be released. and also in that same year, an Australian version will be release. On November 14, 2014, the 100th episode was released, and the 101st episode will feature the founder and CEO of GoPro, Nick Woodman, as a guest investor in the panel. The series features a panel “shark” investors, who offers from aspiring entrepreneurs seeking investments for their business company or product.The entrepreneur contestants can make a deal on the show if any of the panel member is interested, but if the panel members made a decision to be out, the entrepreneur leaves empty-handed. The show features a drama of discussions and the interaction between the entrepreneurs and shark investors, then most often, the “sharks” find weaknesses and faults in a concept made by the entrepreneur’s product, or business model. Some of the shark investors will soften the impact of rejection, for instance, panel member Barbara Corcoran, while other shark such as Kevin O’Leary can be often sarcastic, sometimes showing no patience. Each contestant are required to sign an agreement with the producer of Shark Tank, Finnmax, with a promise of the option of taking a 2% percent royalty or 5% equity share, in the business venture of the contestant.This requirement was revoke in October 2013 by the network, due to pressure from panel member Mark Cuban, whom he felt the requirement would lower the entrepreneurs’ quality, as proficient investors for appeaaring for the show, and would be wary of trading away a portion of their company, and for this reason, number of participants declined to appear on the show.
Mark Cuban, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, grew up in a Jewish family in suburb of Mount Lebanon, is an American businessman, investor, and owner of the Dallas Mavericks on NBA, Landmark Theaters, and Magnolia Pictures, and he is the chairman of the AXS TV HDTVcable network. Cuban is also a shark investor on the Shark Tank television series. Cuban’s Russian grandfather changed the family name from Chabenisky to Cuban, after his grandparents landed on Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, which is the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States, the nation’s busiest immigrant station’s inspection from 1892 until 1954. Cuban’s father, Norton Cuban was an automobile upholsterer and his mother, Shirley Cuban. At the age of 12, Mark Cuban’s first business venture, is when he sold garbage bags to pay for a pair of expensive basketball shoes. Cuban had variety of odd jobs including a bartender, dancing instructor of disco, and a party promoter while studying high school at Mount Lebanon High School. Cuban moved to Dallas, Texas in 1982, and found his first work as a bartender, and later as a salesperson for the first PC software retailers, Your Business Software in Dallas. However, less than a year later, Cuban was fired, after meeting with a client to obtain new business instead of opening the store. Cuban decided to start MicroSolutions company, a system integrator and software reseller, with support from his previous Your Business Software’s customers. The MicroSolutions company was an early proponent of technologies such as Carbon Copy, Lotus Notes and CompuServe. The Perot Systems is one of the company’s largest clients. Mark Cuban sold MicroSolutions to CompuServe in 1990, for $6 million then a subsidiary of H&R Block, and on this deal, Cuban made approximately $2 million after taxes. Cuban and fellow Indiana University alumnus Todd Wagner started Audionet, in 1995, where their mutual interest are combined in basketball and webcasting during their Indiana Hoosier college. In 1998, with a single server and an ISDN line (Integrated Services for Digital Network), Audionet became Broadcast.com in 1998, and had grown to 330 employees and $13.5 million in revenue for the second quarter in 1999. During the dot.com.boom (also called dot-com bubble), Broadcast.com was acquired by Yahoo! for $5.7 billion in Yahoo! stock in 1999. Cuban diversified his fortune to avoid exposure to a market crash after the sale of Broadcast.com. Mark Cuban was No. 459 on Forbes’ list of World’s Richest People in 2011, with a net worth of $2.6 billion. Cuban also was co-founder of AXS TV with Philip Garvin, the first high-definition satellite television network. Cuban also is the owner of Magnolia Pictures film distributor. Cuban purchased on January 4, 2000, a majority share in the NBA’s Dallas Maverick for $285 million from H. Ross Perot, Jr. Mark Cuban married Tiffany Stewart in September 2002 in Barbados.Together they have three children, a daughter born in 2005, Alexis Sofia, second daughter, Alyssa, was born in 2007, and a son, Jake, was born in 2010. The family lives in a mansion in Preston Hollow area of Dallas, Texas.
Daymond Garfield John is an American entrepreneur, investor, TV personality, motivational speaker and author, and is best known as the founder, president, and CEO of FUBU, and appears on Shark Tank as one of the sharks and investor on the ABC reality TV series. Daymond John grew up in Queens neighborhood of Hollis, located within the southeastern part of the New York City borough, a middle class neighborhood. John is an only child, raised by his mother and grandfather. John participated in a co-op program allowing him to work a full-time job, attending high school on an alternating weekly basis. After graduating high school, He started a commuter van service after his high school graduation. During that time, Daymond John noticed hats made of wool, with their tops off and tied with fishing line became famous and a trend,and being sold for $20, which for John is considered overpriced. Soon he went home and he started sewing around 90 hats with his neighbor next-door, and sold it in front of the New York Coliseum, and sold their homemade hats for $10 each, and made daily sales of $800. To make a start-up capital, Daymond John and his mother mortgaged their house for $100,000. John recruited longtime friends J. Alexander Martin and Keith Perrin into the business,in addition to Brown, and began sewing the logo for FUBU to finish products of hockey jerseys, sweatshirts, and t-shirts. John also worked a full-time job at Red Lobster, while working in between his shifts, on the FUBU business, to make ends meet. Daymond John convinced actor and rapper LL Cool J, an old neighborhood friend, to wear a FUBU t-shirt for a promotional campaign in 1993. In 1994, John and his partners traveled to Las Vegas’ Magic trade show, where the FUBU gained nationwide exposure, where, FUBU received over $300,000 worth of orders despite for not able to afford of having their booth. FUBU returned $350 million in revenues in 1998, and has increased over six billion dollars currently, in sales internationally. Daymond John joined the Shark Tank casts, in 2009, a show in which John and four other business executives listen to entrepreneurs’ business proposals, and later made their decision, whether or not to invest money in their projects or say they are “out”. As of October 15, 2009, Daymond John has invested $700,000 in Shark Tank projects. John as a young boy, he was dyslexic or developmental reading disorder.
Kevin O’Leary is a Canadian entrepreneur, investor, journalist, writer, financial commentator and television personality, born in Montreal to an Irish Canadian father worked as a salesman and to a Lebanese Canadian mother, Georgette, a seamstress. When O’Leary was young, his parents divorced, and after the divorce, his father died shortly. O’Leary’s mother, remarried later.Kevin O’Leary and two friends launched Special Event Television (SET), after college, a television production company producing small TV shows that met limited success in-between-periods commercials and local professional hockey games. O’Leary was later bought out for $25,000 by one of his partners, and then moved on to his software company as his second business venture, in a Toronto home basement, with partners John Freeman and Gary Babcock. To start the software publisher SoftKey, O’Leary’s mother provided the capital of $10,000 as seed investment. The Softkey products commonly a compilation discs, which contained various freeware or shareware game software packaged in a jewel-case CD-Rom consisted of software intended for home audiences. Softkey had become a major consolidator by 1994, in the educational software market, acquiring with 60 rivals, such as WordStar and Spinnaker Software. O’Leary served as the main character to journalist Amanda Lang on on CBC News Network’s The Lang and O’Leary Exchange, and he also appeared on the Dragon’s Den as a venture capitalist on the Canadian television show until in the late 2014. Since 2009 Kevin O’Leary has been a shark on Shark Tank, the American version of Dragons’ Den, aired on ABC. O’Leary is referred to as Mr. Wonderful and The Undertaker by his fellow shark, Mark Cuban on the Shark Tank show. Kevin O’Leary has also hosted Redemption Inc. his own television show. He is married married to Linda, and have two children Trevor and Savannah O’Leary.
Barbara Ann Corcoran born in Edgewater, New Jersey, is an American TV personality, businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant, and a syndicated columnist and author. As a television personality, Corcoran is one of the Shark investor on Shark Tank on ABC. She became a teacher for a year after her graduation, but later moved on working various jobs such as waiting table and a side job renting apartments in New York City. Corcoran dreamed to be her own boss, and in 1973 co-founded a real estate in 1973 known as The Corcoran Group with her boyfriend, who guaranty a $1,000 loan (in 2014’s approximately $5,300, inflation-adjusted). Corcoran sold her business to NRT Inc. for $66 million in 2001. She has become a prominent figure in the New York real estate scene since the sale of her company. Barbara Corcoran has invested in more than a dozen businesses to date as a shark investor on ABC’s Shark Tank series.Corcoran resides in Manhattan with Bill, her second husband, and their two children. Barbara Corcoran stated in an episode of Shark Tank on April 18, 2014, that one of her children is a seven-year-old adopted daughter and has also said her second is a 20 year old son.
Robert Herjavec or in Croatian, Robert Herjavets is a Croatian-born Canadian businessman, investor, and media personality, born in Vȁraždīn a city in North Croatia (formerly Yugoslavia) and emigrated with his mother and father to Virginia at the age of eight, after the family escaped communism in former Yugoslavia. Herjavec’s father was arrested and was jailed for speaking out against the communist regimen of Marshal Josip Broz Tito. Herjavec became famous for his family’s success story from rags to riches, arriving to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with a single suitcase in the 1970’s on board the Cristoforo Colombo.The Herjavec family settled in Toronto, Canada, where they lived for 18 months, in a family friend’s apartment’s basement. Herjavec took on a various of minimum wage jobs such as waiting tables, delivering newspapers and retail sales to help his parents make a living. At an early age, his career was in film, and quickly moved behind the camera in various production roles. Herjavec worked in several productions as a 3rd AD or assistant director such in Cain and Abel and The Return of Billy Jack. He reached the highest point of his film career, with the position of Field Producer of Global TV of the XIV Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina, where he received an honor as one of the youngest producers of Olympic coverage. Herjavec found himself looking for work in between productions, and through his roommate, Herjavec learned of an opening at a computer startup called Logiquest selling IBM mainframe emulation boards. However, Herjavec was under-qualified for the position but, made his way into the role by offering to work for free for the first six months.During this free time, Herjavec worked as waiter during the night at Remy’s restaurant in Yorkville, in order to pay his house rents. Herjavec ended up as General Manager of Logiquest. He left in the 1990 to found BRAK Systems, a Canadian integrator of Internet security software from his home’s basement. In 2000, the BRAK Systems was sold to AT&T Canada. In 2003, Herjavec founded the Herjavec Group, and currently the CEO, a security solutions integrator, reseller and managed service provider, after a three-year retirement as a stay-at-home father to his three children. In the last ten years, the Herjavec Group company has done over $500 million. Herjavec has also starred in television series Dragon’s Den two national versions, one on CBC Television in Canada (season 1 to 6), and on the ABC in America on the Shark Tank series (season 1 to 5), where business proposals from aspiring entrepreneurs are heard by a panel of potential sharks investors. The American version Shark Tank series has an estimated 7 million viewers, while the Dragons Den Canada has been one of the most watched TV shows and highest rated in the country. The reality television series Shark Tank is produced by Mark Burnett and owned by Sony Corporation and one of the highest rated show on ABC every Friday nights and has grown over the last five seasons. Robert Herjavec has been married to Diane Herjavec, his wife for over 20 years and has two daughters and a son, Brendan, and a dog. The family also has several other vacation homes..
Lori Greiner is an American TV personality, inventor, entrepreneur, and investor, also best knonw as one of the shark investor on ABC’s Shark Tank. Greiner began her business career with invention of jewelry box that could hold over 100 earrings. She sold her products through talking with a buyer of J.C. Penney and she was able to convince 14 local Chicago stores to carry and sell her product, and made more than one million dollars sales within the first year of the release of her product. Greiner is the host of the show Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner on cable television show, and she is beast known as the Queen of QVC (an initial for Quality, Value, Convenience) an American cable, satellite and broadcast television network, and multinational corporation, which specializes in TV home shopping owned by Liberty Interactive. Greiner’s first patent was an earrings’ plastic jewelry organizer. Lori Greiner is the president and CEO of For Your Ease Only company. In 2012, Greiner joined the Shark Tank TV series as one of the “sharks” investors, and called as the warm-blooded shark. Lori Greiner is married to Dan Greiner, and have two children, Dan Greiner Jr. and Sara Greiner.
Nicholas “Nick” Woodman
Nicholas “Nick” Woodman is an American businessman, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GoPro. Nick Woodman born to Hispanic mother, Concepcion Socarras and father, Dean Woodman, a Quaker and co-founder of the Robert Stephens investment bank. In 1992, His mother re-married in 1992 to Irwin Federman, General Partner of U.S. Venture Partners. Nick Woodman founded a marketing company called funBug but it did not succeed, at the age of 26, in 2002, he decided to travel around the world surfing. While on a break in Australia and Indonesia, he tried to capture himself while surfing with his 35mm camera attached to the palm of his hand by a rubber band, but had difficulties because either they could not get close enough image in motion and unable to take clear film, and through this trip he was inspired and came up with an idea of quality equipment at affordable prices, and founded GoPro. Nick Woodman’s solution was to develop a belt that would attach the camera to the body. To start and financed the business, Woodman and his then girlfriend, Jill, sell shell necklaces for $60, they bought in Bali, Indonesia (for $1.90) from their car along the California coast, and also from a loan from his mother the amount of $35,000 and $200,000 borrowed from his father. He developed the original cameras were point-and-shoot 35mm film cameras which mounted to the wrist of the user. The product has then evolved into a compact digital camera supporting WiFi, can be controlled remotely with waterproof housing, records to a micro SD card, and is affordable, to mostly sports enthusiast. Woodman made his first big sale at a sports show, when a Japanese company ordered 100 cameras in 2004. The Taiwanese manufacturer contract, Foxconn who purchased 8.88% of the company, owned the majority of stocks by Woodman, in December 2012, for $200 million which set the market value of the company at $2.25 billion making Woodman, a billionaire. Woodman is married to Jill R. Scully and they have two children. Woodman is also known as the mad billionaire because of his reportedly unconventional behavior and eccentricities.
Kevin Harrington is an American entrepreneur and business executive known as the infomercial inventor and as the founder of As Seen On TV Inc. Harrington has also appeared on the Shark Tank television series as one of the investors and also became the Keynote Speaker in 2012’s American annual invention trade show Inpex. In 1985, Kevin Harrington created his first infomercial, and founded the Quantum International company. He formed The Home Shopping Network, a joint venture company after he left National Media in 1994 and was the co-founder of HSN Direct International Inc. and from 1994 to 1998, he also served as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President. Kevin Harrington became the Chairman of Reliant Interactive Media Corp. and the CEO of ResponzeTV America, LLC in 2004. Harrington serves as CEO of the Internet company TVGoods and also the As Seen On TV, Inc. Senior Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the company.
7) Restaurant Startup
Restaurant Startup, an American reality TV show broadcast on CNBC, premiered on July 8, 2014, which incorporates the element of the series, Shark Tank of having investors who choose to invest or not their money into a start-up of a restaurant. Celebrity restaurateurs and investors of the show, Chef Joe Bastianich and Chef Tim Love, choose between two potential restaurant teams. The chosen team they choose, has 36 hours and given the budget of $7500 to remodel their restaurant with the team’s idea including logo design, decorations and new menu. The chosen team then re-pitch their idea and Joe Bastianich and Tim Love will later decide if they will invest in the restaurant startup. Joe Bastianich born Joseph Bastianich is an American restaurateur, who co-owns restaurants in New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Singapore and Hong Kong. Bastianich was raised in Manhattan, New York, and grew up working in his parent’s Italian restaurant, Felidia in an Italian family. Joe Bastianich is an avid triathlete and competes in various races and reggae music lover. Joe Bastianich, is the son of Felice and Lidia Bastianich. Joe Bastianich opened a traditional Italian restaurant, Becco, in Italian term for peck, nibble, savor with his mother, Lidia Bastianich in 1993. He later opened an Italian restaurant, Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, then partnered with American Chef and restaurateur, Mario Batali, the first Italian restaurant to gain an award in 40 years, a three stars from The New York Times. Bastianich and Batali opened seven more restaurants in New York, Lupa, Esca, Casa Mono, Bar Jamon, Otto, Del Posto. Joe Bastianich is married to Deanna and together they have three children, Olivia, Miles and Ethan, and their family currently resides in Greenwich, Connecticut. Bastianich cultivates a variety of grapes where he owns three wineries in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia, region of Italy, and one of the Bastianich winery was founded in 1997.
Tim Love born in Denton, Texas, is a chef from Texas, best known for urban western cuisine, owner and executive chef of several restaurants in the area of Fort Worth, such as the historic White Elephant Saloon, the Love Shack, the Woodshed Smokehouse, as well as the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro restaurant, which is his flagship restaurant in the historical Fort Worth Stockyards. Tim Love first worked to earn extra money, and began his chef career in a kitchen at Kiva Grill in a Knoxville, Tennessee, and in between shifts, he also began to volunteer in various kitchens, to gain more knowledge in cooking and experience. Tim Love prepared dishes at the Knoxville Radisson and hotels throughout the Southeast. Love became a chef at the Uptown Bistro in Frisco, after moving from Colorado, and won for three years, the Taste of Breckenridge Grand Award and the Taste of the Mountains every year. Tim Love served as Executive Chef at Mira Vista Country Club in Fort Worth and as a chef at Reata, one of Fort Worth’s premier restaurants before opening his own restaurant in 2000, the Lonesome Dove. In 2006, Tim Love opened two restaurants, the Duce in Fort Worth, but was later sold to a Chicago chef in 2008, and Lonesome Dove Western Bistro NYC in Manhattan’s Chelsea district but was closed later in 2007, after six months, with unfavorable reviews by the New York Times and New York magazine. Tim Love is best known for wearing a cowboy hat instead of the usual chef’s toque. In 2006, Tim Love was defeated by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto in a cooking competition in Iron Chef America on Food Network. In 2009, He also joined and compete on the Top Chef Masters, but in his first heat, he came in third. Tim Love is married to Emilie Love, whom he met while working in Colorado at the Uptown Bistro in Frisco. The couple have three children, a son, Tannahill, and twin girls, Ella and Anna. When away from the kitchen, Love can be found coaching his son’s baseball team and hunting on his ranch in Gordon, Texas when he is away from the kitchen.
Waylynn Lucas is a 32 year old pastry chef and an actress known for her appearance in 2005’s Hell’s Kitchen, in 2013’s Eat, Drink, Love and Restaurant Startup in 2014. Lucas has been engaged twice.
8) The Profit
The Profit is an American reality TV series broadcast on CNBC which premiered on July 30, 2013, featuring investor and businessman Marcus Lemonis, where in each episode, Lemonis offers his expertise and capital investments, in exchange for an ownership share in the struggling small businesses or company. The second season of The Profit premiered on February 25, 2014, and the second part of season 2 returned October 2014. Marcus Lemonis is a Lebanese-born American businessman, investor, television personality and philanthropist, and currently the chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises. Lemonis was born in Beirut, Lebanon, during the foreign invasions and civil war chaos and was adopted as an infant to Leo and Sophia Lemonis, a Greek couple living in Miami. Lemonis was exposed to the automotive industry during his growing years, because his grandfather owned two of the largest dealerships of Chevrolet in the United States and Lee Iacocca serving as Marcus Lemonis’ mentor and also a family friend. Lemonis served as CEO of Holiday RV Superstores Inc. from June 2002 to February 2003, and he co-founded a company named FreedomRoads and began acquiring RV dealerships. The company merged with Camping World in 2006 with Lemonis as CEO, then in 2011, merged with Good Sam Enterprises, Lemonis again at the position of leadership. Marcus Lemonis was featured and hosting marketing related challenges on Celebrity Apprentice two episodes on NBC. Marcus Lemonis gave each team two Camping World RVs and challenged them to stage an experience in midtown Manhattan in 2011. Lemonis puts his own money on the line to save the business and make himself a profit on the show, The Profit. Marcus Lemonis is an actor and producer, known for his roles in 2004’s The Apprentice, in 2013’s The Profit and I Really Hate My Ex in 2014.
9) Hotel Hell
Hotel Hell is an American reality TV series hosted, created and narrated by Chef Gordon Ramsay that premiered on August 13, 2012 on the Fox Network. The Hotel Hell show is about Gordon Ramsay, visiting various struggling hotels, motels or lodging establishments throughout the United States in an attempt to help the owners, reverse their losses, with a similar concept established in Ramsay’s other television shows such as, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and its Kitchen Nightmares‘ American counterpart. Gordon Ramsay born Gordon James Ramsay, Jr. is a Scottish born British chef and restaurateur and businessman. Ramsay’s signature restaurant located in Chelsea, London is the Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, has held 3 Michelin stars since 2001 and his other restaurants have been awarded a total of 15 Michelin Stars and holds 14 more currently. Ramsay is famous for his television shows presenting about competitive cookery and food, such as the British series Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, and also his American versions of Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Master Chef, Master Chef Junior and Hotel Hell. Ramsay born to father, Gordon James Ramsay Sr., a swimming pool manager, a welder and a shopkeeper, who was described as an alcoholic, womanizer and abusive father and husband, who died in 1997, and her mother Helen Cosgrove-Ramsay, working as a nurse. Ramsay is the second of four children, his older sister, Diane, a younger brother, Ronnie and a younger sister, Yvonne is also a nurse like their mother. Ramsay moved out of the family house at the age of 16, into a flat in Banbury, and at age 19, he studied culinary arts. In the early 1980s, He worked as a commis chef (basic chef working under a chef de partie in larger kitchens to learn the responsibilities and operation of the station, or a chef who has completed formal culinary training recently) at the Wroxton House Hotel then ran the kitchen and 60-seat dining room at the Wickham Arms, but later he was under pressure when he had sexual relationship with the wife of the hotel’s owner. Gordon Ramsay, who got tired of the rages, bullying and violence, after working for two years and ten months at Harvey’s, he then decided to study and learn French cuisine to advance his career. Ramsay moved to Paris to work with Guy Savoy, French chef, who is the Head Chef and owner of the Guy Savoy restaurant in Paris and French chef and restaurateur Joël Robuchon both Michelin-starred chefs. Gordon Ramsay stated that Guy Savoy was his mentor in the Master Chef Season 3, episode 18. Ramsay was offered the position of head chef under chef-patron Pierre Koffman upon returning to London in 1993 after his three years training in France, at the Three Michelin starred La Tante Claire in Chelsea. In 1996, Gordon Ramsay is married to Cayetana Elizabeth “Tana” Hutcheson , a Montessori schoolteacher. Gordon and Tana Ramsay have four children, Megan, Matilda, and twins Jack and Holly. The family resides in Wandsworth Common in south London. Chris Hutcheson, Ramsay’s father-in-law, was responsible for the business operations of Ramsay’s restaurant empire until 2010. He was rumored to have undergone as surgery called follicular unit extraction (FUE) or otherwise known as hair transplant for £30,000.
10) Hotel Impossible
Hotel Impossible is a reality TV show broadcast from Travel Channel premiered on April 9, 2012, and renewed for fifth season, which features struggling hotels, and receive an extensive makeover by hospitality expert and TV personality, Anthony Melchiorri, veteran hotel operator and his team. Each episode features a struggling hotel, having problems undergoing mismanagement. Anthony Melchiorri, a veteran hotelier, secretly observes each property, investigates and learned the hotel’s biggest issues. Melchiorri then meets with the owners, staff, front desk clerks and housekeeping, to determine the key operation issues. However, if Melchiorri’s renovation do not work, some owners risk losing their hotels. Melchiorri works with the staff and revamps the hotel after he devised a physical plan, cosmetic and procedural changes with his designer, with either Casey Noble or Blanche Garcia, former contestant of Design Star. Anthony Melchiorri is the creator, co-executive producer, and host of the Hotel Impossible a hotel turnaround show broadcast on Travel Channel. Melchiorri was born into an Italian family, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. After his service at the military, his first job was at the Embassy Suites in Times Square, and was converted to the Double Tree hotel chain. Manchiorri stated that time, that his goal was to work at the Plaza Hotel on Fifth Avenue in New York City, which he later achieved after ten months, became an appointed general manager of the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side of New York City. Manchiorri left the Lucerne Hotel in 2005, to assume the position of general manager of Algonquin Hotel a historical hotel in New York. Later, Manchiorri convinced the hotel owners, to close the Algonquin for 29 days, and he planned a $15 million renovation budget of the building and its new image, but restored the famous Algonquin Round Table. He updated and improved the image of the rooms, restaurants and other areas of the hotel and the hotel earned high rating as a Michelin Guide Hotel. Manchiorri’s reputation have been built on his renovation and restoring of the Algonquin and the Plaza after twenty years in the hotel business. He then decided, to show his skills on television as a business fixer and sold the idea of Hotel Impossible to the Travel Channel. The Hotel Impossible features a hotel with serious issues in each episode, sometimes problems that are risky but he must deal with in less than a week, save the business and leads a team to design solutions. Manchiorri is described as a capeless crusader by the New York Times. Melchiorri was the executive producer of a film called Wisegal in 2008, directed by Jerry Ciccoritti and starred by actors James Caan, Alyssa Milano and Jason Gedrick, where Melchiorri also appeared in one scene, uncredited, as Uncle Tito, premiered on March 15, 2008 on Lifetime Television Network. Anthony Manchiorri and wife with his three children currently resides in New York.
11) Restaurant: Impossible
Restaurant: Impossible is an American reality TV series aired by the Food Network premiered on January 19, 2011, produced jointly produced by Marc Summers and Shooters TV which starred Robert Irvine, British chef and restaurateur. The format of the show, Restaurant: Impossible, is that chef Robert Irvine will renovate the failing Aemrican restaurants with a budget of $10,000, aiming to help restore the establishment to profitability and prominence. Irvine is assisted by his team such as Indian American Taniya Nayak, HGTVdesigners, Cuban American designer Vanessa De Leon, Krista Watterworth, Canadian designer Cheryl Torrenueva, Yvette Irene, Nicole Faccuito, or Lynn Keagan with Tom Bury as the general contractor, who sometimes does double duty as both general contractor and designer. After assessing the problems with the restaurant, Robert Irvine usually creates a plan for the decors, the cleaning of the restaurant, improve the food menu and reduces the size of the menu, developing a promotional ads, educates the owners of the restaurant, or trains the staff as needed by each restaurant. Customers are being invited in each episode ends to the new-look restaurant. Selected foods from the new menu are prepared and samples are presented to the public to advertise the restaurant.Robert Irvine is an English celebrity chef, best known for his appearance on Food Network’s programs such as Dinner: Impossible, Worst Cooks in America, Restaurant: Impossible and Restaurant Express. Irvine began his cooking career at age 15, after he enlisted in the Royal Navy, and has completed culinary training. Robert served aboard Her Majesty’s Royal Yacht Britannia. Irvine worked as consultant in Bali, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City, after he completed his ten years tour of duty, before becoming Executive Chef aboard numerous cruise ships, reaching the highest achievement with the five-star MS Crystal Harmony. Robert Irvine and Randall Williams as his partner, opened in 2008 the eat! restaurant in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and in February 2009, he renamed it Robert Irvine’s eat!, but closed at the end of 2013. Irvine lived in Absecon, New Jersey with his first wife Karen, before purchasing another home in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where he has resided since at least 2007. He has two daughters, Annalise and Talia Irvine, from his first marriage. On May 10, 2012, Robert Irvine married his second wife, Gail Kim, a former WWE and current TNA, after they first met on the set of Dinner: Impossible, when Irvine came to serve VIPs for WWE’s Summerslam.
Taniya Nayak was born in Nagpur, India, and immigrated as an infant with her family to the United States and settled and was raised in Boston, MA. B.D. Nayak, her father is a well known Boston-area architect. In addition to her work on television, Taniya Nayak has founded Design Digs, her interior design company, advising clients on how to decorate rooms for teenagers. Nayak also worked as a bartender and mixologist for over 13 years for many of Boston’s trendier restaurants and clubs, such as Venu, Felt and Bar Lola. She was voted one of Boston’s Most Beloved Bartenders in 2001 by the Improper Bostonian. Taniya Nayak married her long-time fiancé Brian O’Donnell, recently, who co-owns the Boston restaurants Vinalia and Zita, and manages Felt.
Vanessa Deleon is a Cuban American based in New York, an interior designer and TV personality with offices located on the Gold Coast of New Jersey and in the New York City neighborhood of SoHo. Deleon was featured previously on the Restaurant Impossible program on Food Network and also known for her work on HGTV’s shows such as Generation Renovation, Designer’s Challenge, Bang for Your Buck and Design Star. Vanessa Deleon is currently a featured designer on the hit reality television show, Restaurant Impossible aired on Food Network, helping Robert Irvine turn around failing restaurants around the country.
Krista Watterworth a multi-tasker, author, TV personality, interior designer, who starred as host designer in four seasons of HGTV’s Save My Bath in 2006 and 2009, and also starred in 2008, a new HGTV show called Splurge and Save. Watterworth has quickly gained fame for branding her unique aesthetic. On HGTV, She was featured in You Should Live Her in 2007 on HGTV, Kitchen and Baths 2007, Ultimate Bathrooms, 25 Biggest Decorating Mistakes in 2006 and The Big Reveal. Krista Watterworth’s kitchen designs have been featured on Spice My Kitchen on HGTV network in 2007. Watterworth is s small town girl from Connecticut, married to Eric Alterman on September 9, 2006, and they have two children.
Cheryl Torrenueva is a Filipino Canadian designer, best known as a TV personality on shows produced by HGTV Canada.Torrenueva started in television as a contestant on Designer Superstar Challenge, although she did not win, she was given the opportunity to become a guest designer on Home To Go, and has since appeared on Restaurant Makeover, Restaurant Impossible.
Tom Bury is an actor, best known as general contractor and designer for Restaurant: Impossible (2011), in 2006’s show Rachael Ray and also in 2012’s Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell: Legendary NYC Steakhouse and although he appeared briefly in an episode (and uncredited/unidentified) as a customer who sends back his steak for being undercooked.
12) Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue is an American reality TV show premiered on July 17, 2011 on American basic cable and satellite television channel, Spike, starring Jon Taffer, a long-time consultant of food and beverage industry specializing in pubs and nightclubs, where he offers his professional expertise plus renovations and equipment for free, to desperately failing bars in order to save them from shutting down. In January 8, 2014,the show airs in UK on 5* pronounced, five star. Jon Taffer, is the owner and chairman of Taffer Dynamics, Inc. a bar and nightclub consulting company. Jon Taffer also owned a bar and nightclub, who has started, flipped, or owned over 800 establishments in span of his career for over three decades. Nightclub or pub owners submit an application via the website of Spike TV to help them rescued from their failing business by Taffer and his team of experts. The Bar Rescue format episode begins with the team of Taffer, where they make exploration and inspection on a struggling bar to determine the weakness on operation and services. One or more team members and local residents enter the bar, order food and drinks to check their quality, forming an opinion for the recon of the atmosphere and service. Hidden cameras are installed for the surveillance purposes,with the consent of the owner, and through this cameras,Taffer and his team watch the areas of the kitchen and customer service. Taffer then introduces himself to the establishment owner and staff to discuss his findings, and to describe the changes he believes should be made from the management, customer service, cleanliness, kitchen and others, in order to make the bar profitable. Jon Taffer,60, is a bar consultant, TV personality and author, known as the host of the reality series Bar Rescue aired on Spike, which first premiere in 2011, and his first book which was published in October 2013, with title Raise the Bar. Taffer was first married which ended up in divorce and married second wife, Nicole Taffer with whom he has a daughter, Samantha Taffer.