Five entrepreneurs who have money to invest in Series 18 of Dragons ‘Den on Thursday (April 1, 2021), but who is Dragons’ Den’s Touker Suleyman?
How did he make his money and how rich is he?
Here you will find everything you need to know about Touker and his career.
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Who is Dragons’ Den-Star Touker Suleyman?
Touker Suleyman is a fashion retailer and investor who turned into the reality of reality television.
After making his millions through tricky business deals, he joined Dragons’ Den in 2015.
Not bad for a guy who has arrived in the UK and can’t speak English!
How did Touker Suleyman earn his money?
Touker was inspired by his father as a businessman after working in his family’s restaurant at a young age.
After graduating from school, he joined an accounting firm and worked as a clerk earning £ 5.50 a week.
During an audit for a clothing company, he took some crimped clothes home for his grandmother, who later told him that her friends wanted the same thing.
He bought more, which she then sold on his behalf for about a year.
He describes this incident as his introduction to the fashion business.
Souker eventually partnered with a manufacturer who operated in a factory in East London before starting Kingsland Models, which supplied clothes to C&A, Dorothy Perkins and Top Shop.
In 1984, Touker acquired a small cash and carry business that later became the Low Profile Group, a clothing manufacturer that supplies UK retail stores such as Marks & Spencer.
In 2001 his company Low Profile Group bought British shirt maker Hawes & Curtis for £ 1.
He also bought the Ghost fashion label in 2002 while investing in other companies like Tru-Tension.
Since then, he has invested in a number of startups, including Bikesoup and Huxley & Cox.
Touker has so far invested nearly £ 2 million in a variety of investments in Dragons’ Den, including Timberkits, Bad Brownie, Beamblock Yogo and Collagin.
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How rich is Touker Suleyman? How much is he worth?
In 2015, the Sunday Times listed him 637th on their Rich List.
His fortune was estimated at over £ 200 million.
How old is Dragons’ den star Touker Suleyman?
Touker Suleyman was born on August 4, 1953 as a Turk Süleyman.
He is currently 67 years old.
Is Touker married and does he have children?
Touker Suleyman lives in London and has two daughters, Tashia and Taya.
He has not spoken publicly about the identity of Tashia and Taya’s mother.
It is also not known whether he was ever married.
He is believed to be single.
Touker Suleyman disease
Touker suffered a serious hand infection when he was only 10 years old.
This resulted in him missing a school year and at risk of an amputation of his left hand.
In 2019, Touker missed several editions of Dragons’ Den and was temporarily replaced by former dragon Theo Paphitis.
Touker was forced to withdraw from the show temporarily after being hospitalized with pneumonia.
Fortunately, he’s now fully recovered.
Where does Touker come from?
Touker is British-Turkish-Cypriot.
He was born in Famagusta, the crown colony of Cyprus, into a Turkish Cypriot family.
In 1958 he moved to England with his family and settled in Bermondsey, south London.
He arrived with no English and attended Peckham Manor Secondary School.
Dragons’ Den series 18
Dragons’ Den moved to BBC One, but not much has changed in Den for Series 18.
Evan Davis is still hosting the show and the five “no-nonsense titans” have returned.
Entrepreneurs Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, Tej Lalvani and Sara Davies are all open to business and more money.
One thing has changed though – no handshakes or hugs are allowed.
In this first episode, two tea entrepreneurs find themselves in hot water when asked for their numbers.
The dragons discover hidden artistic talent when a mindfulness art business is built.
And an optical inventor hopes to have an investment in sight with his anti-glare glasses.
Meanwhile, a couple have the needs of NHS staff at the center of their skin care business.
Dragons’ Den returns to BBC One on Thursday April 1st, 2021 at 8 p.m.
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