Apprentice winners now – suing Lord Sugar, making millions, hitting rock bottom

Lord Alan Sugar has turned some winners of The Apprentice into millionaires – but others have been left penniless.

Tonight, the final two contestants of Series 18, Phil Turner and Rachel Woolford, will battle it out to win the money mogul’s £250,000 investment in exchange for a 50 percent stake in their business. It’s a whole lot more than the businessman used to offer, with early candidates winning a £100,000-a-year job at one of his companies.

But what happened to the previous champs who walked away with the promise of building business empires? And who is still in business with Lord Sugar? As the tycoon’s reality TV programme continues on BBC One tonight, the Mirror takes a look at where all of the winners are now…

Marnie Swindells – Series 17 (2023)

Marnie won series 17 last year(PA)
She has a great relationship with Lord Sugar(PA)

London-born court advocate Marnie is a gold medal-winning boxer who snowballed her passion into an innovative business idea that she hoped would get Lord Sugar’s investment. After taking home the prize, she focused on investing the prize money into her passion. The star and businesswoman used the money to open her own boxing gym, Bronx, in south London.

Marnie got the keys to the site of her gym in 2019 but wasn’t able to start trading until February 2023 due to problems with the property lease and the council. The 6,000-square-foot gym is in the heart of Camberwell and includes a competition ring, punching bags, mirrored walls to “perfect shadowboxing”, and endless exercise equipment.

According to the financial accounts of Bronx Boxing Limited, Marnie has gained around £210,000 in net assets. As Marnie plans to further develop the gym, she’s set to earn even more money. She said her and Lord Sugar have a “great relationship”, adding: “He has a sharp sense for businesses he believes will do well and the people he wants to work with. I think once the glitz and glam of The Apprentice has subsided, he gets the true assessment of whether they are people he sees a long-term ­relationship with.”

Harpreet Kaur – Series 16 (2022)

Harpreet had an amicable split and bought Lord Sugar out of the business(PA)

Dessert parlour owner Harpreet Kaur was the winner of season 16 and secured the investment in her dessert shop Barni’s, which was rebranded to Oh So Yum! One year after her win, Kaur went solo and Lord Sugar announced the news on Twitter. He said: “Harpreet Kaur, The Apprentice winner 2022, has bought back Lord Sugar’s shares in her desserts business, Oh So Yum! This move marks a significant achievement in the journey of the Yorkshire based entrepreneur, who won Season 16 of the show and secured a £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar.

“With the purchase of Lord Sugar’s shares, Harpreet and her sister, Gurvinder Kaur, are now in full control of the business and its future direction. The separation has been amicable and Lord Sugar and Harpreet Kaur mutually agreed it was the best decision for the business moving forward. Harpreet is an exceptionally bright and driven business woman. I’ve enjoyed our time working together, and whilst the time is right for us to now go our separate ways, I have no doubts she will continue to flourish. I look forward to seeing the Oh So Yum! brand go from strength to strength.”

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