Hilary Devey, Dragons’ Den entrepreneur, dies aged 65

Former Dragons’ Den star Hilary Devey has died aged 65, her publicist has confirmed.

The entrepreneur died on Saturday at her holiday home in Morocco, while her representative told The Mirror that she had been “ill for a while”.

Hilary was known for her appearance on the BBC business show Dragons’ Den, where she invested between 2011 and 2012.

The goods distribution network boss had first appeared on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire in 2008, before presenting The Business Inspector for Channel 5 in 2010.

After leaving Dragons’ Den, Hilary, who received a CBE in 2013 for services to the transport and charities, organized The Intern and Running The Shop for Channel 4.

She also served as a regular panellist on ITV’s Loose Women in 2015.

Colleague Theo Paphitis was among those who paid tribute on Twitter, writing: “So sad to hear of the passing of the beautiful Hilary Devey.

“She left us all with wonderful memories, may she rest in peace. My thoughts are with her family.”

Hilary founded the multi-million 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 and she was also a patron of the Stroke Association after suffering a stroke in 2009.

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