Former Dragons’ Den star Hilary Devey has died aged 65, her publicist has confirmed. The television star died on Saturday after a long illness in Morocco, where she owned property, her publicist Benjamin Webb told the PA news agency.
She joined BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den program in 2011 and left in 2012, later presenting Channel 4’s The Intern. In 2013 she was made a CBE, honored for her career in business and for her charity work.
She founded the multi-million pound freight distribution business Pall-Ex, having sold her house and car in the 1990s to fund it. Her charity work included her position as vice-chairman of the Carers Trust and she was also patron of the Stroke Association, having suffered a stroke herself in 2009.
She also appeared in The Business Inspector on Channel 5. Describing being made a CBE for services to the transport industry and charity, she said at the time: “In every sense of the word, this is a great honor and I am equally flattered. and flabbergasted.
“It’s wonderful to receive such recognition, but it should be less about me, and more about the charities I support and the incredible transportation industry I’m privileged to work in. So I dedicate my honor to the Carers Trust, the Stroke Association and Fresh Start – New Beginnings, and the other charities I have tried to support, as well as lorry drivers, forklift drivers and everyone who works in the logistics sector: the unsung heroes of British industry.