Kelly Hoppen: New Dragon in Den
After the departure of transport magnate Hilary Devey from BBC’s Dragons’ Den, a new dragon has emerged.
Kelly Hoppen will be the BBC TV show’s new Dragon, filling the shoes of shoulder-padded businesswoman Devey.
Celebrity interior designer, Hoppen, 53, may be best known to the public for her appearances on Channel 5 show Superior Interiors and high profile work for Elton John and the Beckhams.
In 2009 Hoppen was awarded an MBE for services to interior design.
The tabloid press is currently running stories that Kelly Hoppen is not in the same league as the other Dragons, citing her accounts filed with Companies House.
The Daily Mirror says Hoppen has made just £160,000 in the last two years whilst the panel of previous Dragons was worth an estimated £1billion in the last series.
However, going back a few years to a feature in The Daily Telegraph, Kelly Hoppen told the newspaper that she hasn’t done a job for less than £300,000.
Haulage entrepreneur Hilary Devey was worth an estimated £50 million and new girl Hoppen will be rubbing shoulders with Deborah Meaden, who is worth around £40 million.
The remaining boys, Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne, supposedly have a net worth of £357 million and £320 million respectively.
A spokesperson for Kelly Hoppen has said that her full worth has not been disclosed due to her status as, predominantly, a sole trader.
The BBC stated that her building of a global brand through two recessions and her personal passion for championing the cause of entrepreneurs was what helped her gain her position as the business TV show’s new dragon.
Theo Paphitis is another Dragon for whom there is no immediate replacement after entrepreneur Stephen Fear dismissed any notions of filling Theo’s place. Paphitis, the retail guru, apparently has a fortune worth £160 million.
Series 11 of Dragons’ Den is expected later in the year.