Posted by The Celebrity Group on Feb, 22 2012

Duncan Bannatyne OBE

Entrepreneur who has created a portfolio of respected leisure businesses as well as carving out a high profile media career.

His business interests include hotels, health clubs, spas, media, TV, stage schools, property and transport. He has written five books; Anyone Can Do It, which sold more than 250,000 copies, was followed by Wake Up and Change Your Life, How to be Smart With Your Money, How to be Smart With Your Time, then by 43 Mistakes Businesses Make. He was appointed as an OBE for his contribution to charity. Duncan received his OBE partly in recognition for his work with charities such as Mary's meals. In Romania over a ten year period he has funded several projects, notably Casa Bannatyne in Târgu-Mureş, a hospice for orphans with HIV and AIDS in which he invested £80,000. In March 2008 he established the Bannatyne Charitable Foundation with a personal injection of £1,000,000. Duncan was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.) by Glasgow Caledonian University on 5 July 2006 for services to business and charity. He was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from the Teesside University, on 6 February 2009.