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, fete for a career in business and for her charitable work.
She innovated the multimillion- pound freight distribution business Pall- Ex, after dealing her home and auto in the 1990s to finance it.
Her charity work included her position as vice chairman 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 assiduity and to charity, she said at the time “ In every sense of the word, this is a great honour and I’m inversely flattered and astounded.
“ It’s awful to admit similar recognition, but this should be lower about me, and further about the charities that I support and the amazing transport sector in which I’m privileged to work.
“ So I devote my honour to the Carers Trust, the Stroke Association, and Fresh Start – New onsets, and the other charities that I’ve tried to support, as well as to the lorry motorists, forklift truck motorists and everyone differently who works in the logistics sector the obscure icons of British assiduity. ”