BBC Dragons’ Den star Hilary Devey has sadly died aged 65 at her holiday home in Morocco, it has been confirmed. Devey was a pure businesswoman and even sold her house to start her dream business, let’s take a look at her soaring net worth.
When she was seven, she watched her father file for bankruptcy for his central heating company and she watched bailiffs remove her furniture from the family home. Following this, she was driven to succeed and served briefly in the Women’s Royal Air Force before moving to London.
Let’s take a look at Hilary’s legacy, her tributes, and how she became a self-made multi-millionaire.
Hilary Devey’s net worth has skyrocketed
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Hilary Davey was worth around $80 million.
The BBC Dragons’ Den star appeared on the show from 2011 to 2012. His main business was Pall-Ex, a palletized truck freight distribution network. Devey sold his house and car in the 1990s to fund the business which is now a multi-million pound business. By the time it sold Pall-Ex in 2019 it had a turnover of £85m and operated in 26 countries. With her earnings, she has also invested in quilt company Duvalay, courier service Pronto Couriers and events company Wow Table Art.
Hilary was appointed CBE in 2013 for her career in business and charity work. She is vice-president of the Carers Trust and became a patron of the Stroke Association, after suffering a stroke in 2009.
She also owns many properties, including her Grade II listed home, Rangemore Hall. Along with her holiday home in Morocco, which was built in the 1850s and hosted King Edward VII in 1902 and 1907. Hilary also owned a country house which went up for sale in 2018.
Following her stint on Dragons’ Den, she then presented Channel 4’s The Intern in 2012, a business documentary where three young interns try out a week at their dream jobs. She was also part of the Loose Women panel in 2015 as a guest star for four months until her departure.
Dragons’ Den stars pay tribute to Hilary Devey
Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne paid tribute to the entrepreneur on Twitter, writing: “Sad to hear that @HilaryDevey spent. So young. Too young. Rest in peace Hilary. X”
Tributes were paid by his former Dragon’s Den co-stars Theo Paphitis, who said Devey “left [them] with fantastic memories. Deborah Meaden also paid tribute to her, describing her as “unique in every way”, noting that she “brought courage and warmth with her into the den”.
Hilary was married to Ed Devey, Malcolm Sharples and Philip Childs. She is survived by her 35-year-old son, Mevlit Brewster-Ahmet.
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