Former Dragons’ Den panelist Hilary Devey died on June 11 night at the age of 65.
Devey’s publicist Benjamin Webb said that she passed away in her holiday home in Morocco after a long illness.
Webb described Devey as a “remarkable lady and an inspiration” who was “so proud” of her work on Dragons’ Den, which she joined in 2011, bringing her to public attention.
Devey was known for her direct feedback on the show and for showing warmth to those who appeared nervous while presenting their pitches.
Devey left the popular show in 2012.
Hannah Wyatt, the managing editor for Factual Entertainment and Events at BBC Studios, said that they were “extremely saddened by her loss.”
“Hilary Devey will always hold a unique place in the hearts of Dragons’ Den viewers and the program team,” Wyatt said.
Devey founded the multimillion-pound freight distribution business Pall-Ex after she sold her home and car in the 1990s to finance it.
In 2013, Devey received the CBE award for her career in business and for her charity work, which included her being the vice president of the Carers Trust and being a patron of the Stoke Association, having herself suffered a stroke in 2009.
In 2019, Devey sold Pall-Ex, which had a turnover of £85 million ($104 million) and operated in 26 countries.
Devey is survived by her son Mevlit Brewster-Ahmet, who is aged 35.
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