Hilary Devey’s Best Moments: From Dragons’ Den Rage To Tears In The Secret Millionaire

As tributes pour in to businesswoman and TV personality Hilary Devey, who has passed away aged 65, we’ve taken a look back at some of her most memorable moments over the years, from her words. thoughtful comment on a noble deed

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Dragon’s Den: Hilary Devey is annoyed with the pitch

Ex Dragons star Hilary Devey is instantly recognizable on screen thanks to her signature shoulder pads, no nonsense attitude, and dramatic face, through which she examines contenders full of hope and anxiety.

The death of the businesswoman, who is also known for her appearances in The Secret Millionaire, Loose Women and The Business Inspector, was announced today, leaving her fellow dragons Theo Paphitis and Duncan Bannatyne.

Although she only appeared on Dragons’ Den for a year, in 2012 Hilary, who passed away aged 65, became a famous face on television thanks to her appearances on many other shows, and we’ve taken a look at some of her best moments on the box.

‘I’m not amused, I’m angry’

Hilary Devey is an investor on Dragons ‘Den


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Hilary with her CBE in 2013, for the transportation industry and charities



Hilary dressed businessman Alan when he came to the dragons in hopes of securing an investment in his “mind training and massage services” business, called Miruji Health and Wellbeing.

Alan claims the company has “potential to tackle the obesity epidemic,” through people sitting in massage chairs and being coached through headphones.

Hilary asked Alan how often his members attended the ceremony each week, to which he was unable to answer, much to her indignation.

She said: “It’s ridiculous that you come and stand here and pitch to investors when you don’t have that information, because my God, it’s your job to have that information.

“I still don’t know how your revenue is broken down, the state of your balance sheet right now. You are talking to potential investors in your business, your mission is to Come here and let us know.

Fuming, Hilary continued: “Forget about the Miruji experience, we’re on planet Earth in Dragons ‘Den.”

She finished: “I’m not interesting, I’m angry, I’m out.”

‘You’re doing fine, carry on’

Hilary with her fellow dragons



Hilary showed her benevolent side in Dragons’ Den when she reassured a nervous businessman who made a sketchy presentation.

Georgia appeared on the show to showcase her website where birthday gift lists for kids can be compiled.

However, after an initial strong start, she forgot the words and had to pause, creating an awkward silence.

Hilary took pity on Georgia and said, “You’re fine, carry on, you’re doing fine.”

Hilary then said, “I believe in this concept because, for God’s sake, I’m a single parent and believe I’ve been working hard at the eleventh hour, the fifty-ninth minute trying to get presents to send. to a birthday party.”

Generosity to the Secret Millionaire

Hilary at the community center she visited in The Secret Millionaire

In 2008, Hilary appeared on Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire, a series that sees the rich explore the lives of ordinary people and get to know those around them without revealing their wealth. surname.

Hilary visited an estate in Rochdale, close to where she grew up in neighboring Bolton.

As well as a local hospice, she helped at a community center that assisted the unemployed, the elderly and young mothers, but was in danger of closing.

After ten days, it’s time for Hilary to reveal who she is and give the money back to the community.

Speaking to The Mirror, she said: “What a relief,” she said. “I hate lying.

“I said to Sheila, ‘I told you some pork pies – I’m not who you think I am.

“I have a big business and I have something to give you. ‘

“I gave her the check and I felt like I could see her ‘aging’ visibly by about 20 years when the stress was relieved.

“We hugged and cried. It was emotional.”

‘You got Duncan off the list’

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After leaving Dragons’ Den, Hilary appeared on Loose Women and chatted about her time on the show.

“When I walk in, I’ll always be a new girl and they’ve all been there for 10 to 11 years and I’m constantly reminded of that every day,” she said.

She continued: “I love the dragons I work with, Theo is great, Deborah is great, Peter is such a gentleman, and I love it.”

Panellist Janet Street-Porter then interrupted: “You’ve taken Duncan off the list,” with subsequent laughter from the audience and conference participants.

Smiling, Hilary said, “I think Duncan appreciates how I feel,” to applause and laughter from everyone around.

Contestants reveal their tragic past

Hilary Devey in Channel 5’s The Business Inspector


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Hilary bonds with a hopeful Dragons’ Den after she reveals her traumatic past.

Dupsy was looking for funding from the team for her platform that connects companies with interns, then Hilary asked if she still practices law, Dupsy replied no and then explained. like her reasons.

“My father was a very successful businessman and philanthropist in Africa and he was very passionate about democracy and at that time there was a military dictatorship in Nigeria and he fought against it. that,” Dupsy explained.

“He was detained when I was 12 years old and my family was persecuted, they closed one of his businesses, we lost everything.”

She continued: “When I was 16, we thought they would release him and they wouldn’t hurt him, but he died.”

Clearly moved by her story, Hilary said: “I know something happened when you were young because something pushed you not to.

Hilary continued: “I’m really impressed with you and I think you’ll go far and quickly.”

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