Hilary Devey scores 22 marriage proposals

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Hilary Devey

Hilary Devey

Hilary Devey claims she's scored 22 marriage proposals since appearing on 'Dragon's Den' after proving to be a hit with male viewers of the BBC Two show.

Hilary Devey claims she's scored 22 marriage proposals since appearing on 'Dragon's Den'.

The multi-millionaire businesswoman joined the BBC Two show last year - in which the Dragons decide whether or not to invest in people's ideas - and admits she's been bombarded by offers from male viewers, who have taken a particular shine to her huge shoulder pads and ballsy demeanour.

She said: "I've had 22 proposals. One 76 year old sent an itinerary of what we'd be doing together every day.

"He refused to take no for an answer and turned up with his bank balance showing £6,500 for us to live on. I had to think hard but I decided to decline, bless his little soul."

Hilary - who made her fortune with Pall-Ex, a Europe-wide pallet distribution company - replaced James Caan on the show, after he quit last January.

She completes the panel alongside Peter Jones, Theo Paphitis, Duncan and Deborah Meaden, and they began filming the latest series of 'Dragon's Den' in Salford, Manchester, yesterday (13.03.12).

Hilary has previously admitted she would have relished the opportunity to pitch to the Dragons.

She said: "I would have loved the opportunity to have stood before the Dragons, and I will remember my own experiences and the realities of running a business today, when choosing to support - or reject - the budding entrepreneurs joining me in the Den."

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