Tom Pellereau 'most unlikely Apprentice winner'
- Bang Showbiz
- 18 July 2011
Tom Pellereau thinks he is the ''most unlikely'' 'Apprentice' winner ever after losing eight out of the 11 tasks set by multi-millionaire technology mogul Lord Alan Sugar
Tom Pellereau thinks he is the "most unlikely" 'Apprentice' winner ever.
The 32-year-old inventor - who beat off stiff competition from fellow finalists Helen Milligan, Jim Eastwood and Susan Ma to be crowned champion of the BBC One show last night - thinks being on the losing side so often throughout the series actually worked in his favour.
He said: "I am probably the most unlikely winner ever. I certainly have broken the record for the worst record - nobody has ever lost eight tasks and reached the final before. I am just elated.
"By losing I had a lot of time with Lord Sugar from very early on, which really helped. I knew he saw something he liked in me, but I knew I was the underdog."
The Hampshire-based businessman - who has been given £250,000 to launch a new company alongside multi-millionaire technology mogul Lord Alan Sugar - also admitted he was thinking of calling time on his career as an inventor and going to work in a bank when he applied for 'The Apprentice'.
Tom added to The Sun newspaper: "I heard a radio ad saying applications closed the next day and I just decided to go for it. This was during what was pretty much the worst week of my life. I had split up with my long-term girlfriend and a number of business things were turning quite nasty.
"I just thought, 'What the hell, I might as well!' At the time I was starting to question my slightly unusual career and whether I had got it right and whether I should have just gone to work for a bank like a lot of my mates. I was thinking, 'I need to jack this in and go and get a proper job'."