Former Dragons’ Den star Hilary Devey has died aged 65, her publicist has confirmed.
She died Saturday after a long illness in Morocco, where she owned a property, Benjamin Webb said.
She joined BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den in 2011 and presented Channel 4’s The Intern in 2012.
She was awarded a CBE in 2013 for a career in business and her charitable work.
She founded the multimillion-dollar freight distribution company Pall-Ex, after selling her house and car in the 1990s to finance it.
Her charitable work has included her position as vice president of the Carers Trust. She was also a patron of the Stroke Association after suffering a stroke herself in 2009.
She also appeared in The Business Inspector on Channel 5.
At the time, she said of her appointment to CBE: ‘This is a great honor in every sense of the word and I am equally flattered and stunned.
“It’s great to get such recognition, but it should be less about me, and more about the charities I support and the amazing transport industry I’m privileged to work in.
“So I dedicate my credit to the Carers Trust, the Stroke Association and Fresh Start – New Beginnings, and the other charities I’ve tried to support, as well as the truck drivers, forklift drivers and everyone else who works in the logistics industry, the unsung heroes of British industry.”