Scottish entrepreneur, philanthropist and author, Duncan Walker Bannatyne is currently featuring on the ITV reality show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
66 years old Bannatyne is a multi-millionaire and has his business interests on hotels, clubs, spas, media, TV and real estate mostly. Here are five facts that you should know about Duncan Bannatyne.
1. Duncan Bannatyne is 31 years older than his girlfriend
Currently dating a former Russian and Uzbek translator for the government of United Kingdom, Bannatyne’s girlfriend Nigel Whitehorn is only 35.
A graduate from the University of Russia, Bannatyne has confessed that he fell in love with Whitehorn in their first meeting. Married twice before, he has six children and is still looking to get a baby with Whitehorn.
2. He has written seven books already
Apart from being an entrepreneur and a businessman, Bannatyne has authored seven books that includes Anyone Can Do It, Wake Up and Change Your Life, How to be Smart With Your Money, How to be Smart With Your Time, 43 Mistakes Businesses Make, 37 Questions Everyone in Business Needs to Answer, and Riding The Storm.
3. He is a reality-television star
Duncan started his career on television since 2005 after appearing on BBC television series Dragon’s Den. He invested in 36 businesses before parting ways from the program in 2015.
Today, he features on the 2015 series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and his fee for being a part of the show was donated to the Operation Smile Charity.
4. He was a Navy
Bannatyne joined Navy in 1965 when he was only 15. However, he was Court Marshalled after four years for throwing the commanding officer off the side of an aircraft carrier for a £10 bet. He also spent nine months in a Nacy jail for the same cause.
5. Duncan Bannatyne’s net worth is estimated at $500 million
Born to be a businessman, Duncan showed his entrepreneurial skills at just 11 when his mum could not afford him an ice-cream. He knocked more than 15o doors and built up a newspaper round by collecting 100 names to buy his entire family an ice-cream.
He bought 26 health clubs back in 2006 for £92 million. from Hilton Hills and currently owns the largest independent chain of health clubs in UK. In October 2008, he opened the £12 million “Bannatyne Spa Hotel” in Hastings.
Today it’s reported that Bannatyne’s net worth stands at $500 million.
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