Dragons’ Den is a British television series, hosted by Evan Davis, and was first broadcast on BBC Two on 4th January 2005. The format of the show is owned by Sony, and is based on the original Japanese series, which has been sold around the world.
Contestants, who have what they perceive to be a viable and potentially profitable business venture, appear on the show to present their business ideas to five wealthy entrepreneurial business people to try and win investment.
In this infographic, we take a look at an overview of the Dragons, pitchers, statistics & investments from series one through eight:
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Health club owner Duncan Bannatyne – statistically the most frugal of the dragons – has the biggest fortune, despite the fact that he came from a relatively poor family, and only managed to acquire a bank account at the age of 30.
Interestingly, the joint second biggest risk-taker based on investments per show is James Caan, who posses less than 25% of Bannatyne’s net worth. Maybe this goes to show that caution makes the better venture capitalist, or possibly that Caan feels like he has something to prove? This paranoia could be well-founded though, as BBC is reportedly planning a revamp of the show, which could see Caan, along with co-stars Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden, removed from the panel.
Moving on to the numbers, it’s staggering that there are only an average of eleven investments per season, given that there are, again on average, a total of 7.5 episodes. This equates to just under 1.5 investments per episode, which definitely seems quite conservative.
One factor that could be causing this is the recession, although now that the worst is supposedly over, will we see the Dragons adopting a more aggressive approach to their investment strategy? There’s only one way to find out – tune in to the show on Mondays at 9pm on BBC2.
I think it’s fitting to leave you with our favourite pitch of all time, performed by the legendary Levi Roots. Enjoy: