Heartbreak for the Apprentice – Untimely death, crippling debt, and deportation row


The Apprentice’s 16th series is now available, and the show is currently seeking applicants for series 17.

Business brains who are willing to work hard would need to be able to navigate the difficult filming process and deal with an audience that is eager to make mistakes.

For one lucky winner there’s the chance to win a £250,000 investment in their business. However, being on the show does not guarantee happiness.

Stuart Baggs

Stuart Baggs found dead on the Isle of Man, Britain - 30 Jul 2015
Stuart passed away in 2015.

Stuart was 21 when he became one of series 6’s most famous stars. He was well-known for his hilarious boasts including the line: “Everything I touch turns to sold.”

He was so sure he would stay that he took a full suitcase into the boardroom.

“I’m not a one-trick pony, I’m not a ten-trick pony, I’m a field of ponies waiting to literally run towards this,”Another Brand bullseye.

Stuart, 27, who had suffered an asthma attack, died at his home in July 2015.

Stuart was honored by Lord Sugar “one of the standout characters”He sent condolences and support to his family and friends during the broadcast.

Stella English

Lord Sugar and Stella English, the winner of the Apprentice 2010 a
Stella later sued Lord Sugar

Stella, who was in the same series with Stuart in 2010, became the eventual winner. She graduated from school without any qualifications and was raised on a council estate.

She left her post at Lord Sugar’s company after just 13 months, saying she felt like a “lacky” before suing him for constructive dismissal. The case was eventually dismissed as she had resigned.

Stella now hosts Crowdbox TV, which is a crowdfunding television channel on Sky.

Katie Hopkins

Katie Hopkins, Apprentice
Katie is the most infamous Apprentice candidate

In series 3, she rejected Lord Sugar and quit the competition, after being offered a final place.

Katie capitalized on her fame as a reality TV villain by appearing on I’m A Celebrity 2007 and finishing second on Celebrity Big Brother 2015.

After that, she took the ‘outspoken columnist’ route and made increasingly offensive statements. Twitter banned Hopkins permanently in 2020 because of her offensive statements. “hateful conduct.”

K. Hopkins, Apprentice
Just before the finale, she quit the show.

Katie was sued for libel in 2017 by author Jack Monroe, and was forced to cough up £24,000 in damages, as well as pay £107,000 of Jack’s legal costs after losing her case.

She put her luxury £1 million Devon mansion on the market but then filed for an Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA) to manage her crippling debts.

Further humiliation was when she flew in 2021 to Australia for Celebrity Big Brother VIP. She was then deported for boasting about her violation of hotel quarantine regulations.

Luisa Zissman

Apprentice S9 - Luisa Zissman
Luisa was under fire in 2020

Luisa was runner-up on the ninth season of The Apprentice in 2013. She then entered Celebrity Big Brother the next year.

She was accused of racism in 2020 after she attacked the Chinese government for coronavirus.

She said it to her 553,00 Instagram users:

“I’m really f**king angry at the Chinese, I’ve been reading online and everything f**king generates from them and their filthy wet markets with their inhumane animal practises,”She ranted.

“And what the f**kers do there is frankly disgusting.”

“The Chinese government should be made to pay for it. It’s their fault,”She continued.

Luisa later claimed that her comments were not racist, but she was criticised because of her generalization of a whole country.

Joseph Valente

Lord Alan Sugar (left) with Apprenctice winner Joseph Valente, 2015
Joseph is the show’s youngest winner.

Joseph won series 11 in 2015. However, he was forced to sell the plumbing company he had set up with Lord Sugar.

During summer 2020 Joseph was forced to sell his boiler installation business amid reports it owed almost £2million to creditors.

Lord Sugar-invested ImpraGas was sold for an undisclosed sum, safeguarding jobs, but shell company VBH Assets, co-owned by Joseph, entered into voluntary liquidation, owing £1.9million to creditors.

Joseph was afflicted with depression, but he has since bounced back. He is the youngest Apprentice winner and has now started two new businesses, Trade Mastermind & Power2Succeed.

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Joseph has recovered from his setback

Joseph told The Mirror Both companies offer “courses to support new and existing businesses on how to grow, using what I had learnt from the success we had at Impra and also the mistakes and the failures.”

“I saw that in lockdown and post lockdown, there was going to be a huge demand for people to acquire new skills, going from employed to self-employed because they lost their job, or people needing to up their businesses strategy in the marketplace.

The Apprentice starts at 9pm on Thursday 6 January on BBC One

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