Dragons' Den (dragon)
Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway (panellist)
Interior Rivalry (judge)
Let's Dance for Comic Relief (participant)
Raised in Clydebank, Duncan Bannatyne started his career in the Royal Navy, but was discharged after going absent without leave. He began his business career by purchasing an ice cream van in Stockton-on-Tees for £450. After expanding and then selling the business, he started a nursing home business, and has since moved into health clubs, bars, casinos, and property.
Bannatyne was appointed an OBE for his charity work. He declined an opportunity to compete on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, saying that he was "too old to sleep on a canvas bed." He had to pull out of Only Fools On Horses after sustaining an injury.
In 2010, it was announced that he would front a show, Homeless Hotel, in which ten homeless people would compete for a job. However, the announcement was actually a spoof put out by the charity Shelter, with Bannatyne's full support.