Hilary Devey dead: Dragons’ Den star dies at 65 after battling a long illness. Hilary Devey CBE died in Morocco on Saturday following a long battle with ill health, her agent has confirmed.
Dragons’ Den star Hilary Devey CBE died at the age of 65. The entrepreneur’s agent confirmed that Hilary died in Morocco after battling a long illness.
Hilary had been staying at her holiday home when she passed away on Saturday. A spokesperson for the star said: “I can confirm that Hilary sadly died yesterday. She had been ill for some time.”
Hilary shot to fame by appearing in Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire in 2008 and later The Business Inspector on Channel 5 in 2010. However, her big break came in 2012 on the BBC business show Dragons’ Den.
The award-winning entrepreneur made her millions as the CEO and Chairman of Pall-Ex, the UK’s leading palletised freight distribution network.
According to reports, the businesswoman had been “ill for some time”. They have since issued a statement that confirmed the news of her death. “I can confirm that Hilary sadly died yesterday,” her spokesman said.
Former Dragons’ Den star Hilary Devey has died aged 65, her publicist has confirmed. The TV star died on Saturday, after a long illness, in Morocco, where she had a property, her publicist Benjamin Webb told the PA news agency.
She joined BBC Two programme Dragons’ Den in 2011 and left in 2012, going on to present Channel 4’s The Intern. In 2013 she was made a CBE, honoured for a career in business and for her charitable work.
She founded the multimillion-pound freight distribution business Pall-Ex, after selling her home and car in the 1990s to finance it. Her charity work included her position as vice president of the Carers Trust and she was also a patron of the Stroke Association, having herself suffered a stroke in 2009.
She also appeared in The Business Inspector on Channel 5. Describing being made a CBE for services to the transport industry and to charity, she said at the time: “In every sense of the word, this is a great honour and I am equally flattered and flabbergasted.