Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey dies aged 65

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·1-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Hilary Devey has passed away at 65 credit:Bang Showbiz
Hilary Devey has passed away at 65 credit:Bang Showbiz

'Dragons' Den' star Hilary Devey has died at the age of 65.

The businesswoman passed away in Morocco on Saturday (11.06.22) after a long battle with illness.

Theo Paphitis, her former 'Dragons' Den' co-star, has already taken to social media to pay tribute to the entrepreneur, who was made an OBE in 2013 for services to the transport industry and to charity.

He wrote on Twitter: "So sad to hear of the passing of the lovely Hilary Devey. She left us all with some fantastic memories, may she rest in peace. My thoughts are with her family. x (sic)"

Duncan Bannatyne, another of Devey's former co-stars, has also paid tribute to her on Twitter.

The 73-year-old entrepreneur - who starred on the BBC show between 2005 and 2015 - wrote on the micro-blogging platform: "Sad to hear that @HilaryDevey has passed. So young. Too young. Rest in Peace Hilary. X (sic)"

Devey made her fortune through Pall-Ex, a palletised freight network, and in 2011, she explained why she accepted the invite to join the 'Dragons' Den' panel.

The businesswoman - who appeared alongside Theo, Duncan, Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden - said: "In order to set-up Pall-Ex in the mid-90s, I had to sell my house and car to get the start-up capital necessary to fulfil my business ambitions, as none of the banks appreciated my potential.

"I would have loved the opportunity to have stood before the Dragons, and I will remember my own experiences and the realities of running a business today, when choosing to support - or reject - the budding entrepreneurs joining me in the Den."

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting