Written by: Keith Tully
Published: 22nd May 2013
In 2011, Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne was reportedly worth £430 million, putting him in Britain’s top 1,000 earners.
However, two years later it is reported by the Daily Mail that the health club tycoon has plummeted out of the Rich List altogether and has accumulated debts around £122 million.
It is alleged The Scottish businessman is now trying to raise millions of pounds to pay back a loan from the Anglo Irish Bank. A team of eight legal and financial experts have been appointed to help him seek finance and resolve matters with liquidators KPMG.
Mr Bannatyne told the Daily Mail: “Everything else is on hold until I sort this out. It’s a very tense period for me at the moment and is taking up all my time. I have spent half-a-million pounds trying sort my affairs out —that’s a lot of people to pay.”
He added: “It’s very frustrating. I have offered a sum to reduce the debt but it has been refused. At the moment, I feel my company is being strangled.”
It appears to be financial setback for the 64-year-old, who is the author of five self-help books including ‘How to Be Smart With Your Money’. He was divorced from his second wife, Joanne McCue, in 2011 but it was only finalised this year.
In October last year, the father-of-six was taken to hospital after allegedly suffering a heart attack. However, the multimillionaire is still optimistic about the future and is bringing another book out later this year titled ‘Riding the Storm.’ Which should be a success and a popular book for the dragon.
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