Peter Jones is a British entrepreneur and TV personality, famous for his recurring presence in Dragons’ Den. He has been at the Dragons’ Den since its first airing in January in 2005. Peter Jones’ business interests are on telecoms, media, leisure and property.
Peter Jones has an estimated net worth of £460 million. His income is from his chain of businesses and appearances on TV shows mostly from Dragons’ Den. I trust you aren’t surprised because he’s a successful entrepreneur and TV reality star.
Not every day, one sees rich entrepreneurs gracing TV screens as reality TV stars. Peter Jones, who was named Commander of the British Empire Order, has been through a rough path as an entrepreneur, having lost about £200, 000 when IBM acquired his computer business in his early twenties. He has managed to turn things around for himself, and today, he helps empower and mentor young British entrepreneurs. Below is Peter Jones’ net worth, age, height, wife and involvement in Dragons’ Den.
Peter Jones was born Peter David Jones on March 18, 1966, in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. He grew up in Berkshire and attended Desborough School and completed his school at Windsor Boys’ School. Jones’ father was an air conditioning engineer. Hence, he is the one managing one of Peter Jones offices today. Although his parents wanted to send him to a private school, it wasn’t very easy for them. They sent him to public school, but they worked full-time jobs for 50 years to ensure that Jones got whatever they needed to succeed.
Jones started dreaming bigger at a very tender age. He always imagined himself running multi-million businesses each time he visited his father’s office and sat on the small office table. Jones played tennis, and as a sound player, he worked for his English teacher John Woodward who managed summer tennis school. He learned the ropes while working for his teacher. Having learned the mechanics of running an academy, he set up his tennis school when he completed Lawn Tennis Association coaching exams. He clung on to his English teacher, who served as a mentor to him.
Becoming an Entrepreneur
He set up a computer business in his early twenties, where he made personal computers under his brand. The business thrived, and he bought himself luxury cars as a lover of cars. Unfortunately, some of his customers went of business, and he was significantly affected. In a bid to salvage himself, he set up a restaurant in Windsor, which can be inspired by a movie’s title. The new adventure was a total failure and sold his business to IBM and lost about £200, 000 in the process. He sold his cars and moved with his parents.
Jones decided to join a large corporate Siemens Nixdorf at the age of 28. Within 12 months of working for Siemens Nixdorf, he took over the business’ running in the UK. In April 1998, he founded Phones International Groups, which provided mobile cellular solutions to many clients. The company recorded about £ 44 million by the end of 2000, two years of operation. The company now operates under the brand name Data Select. Other related grew within the group, one of which was Generation Telecom sold after two years of starting up.
By 2003, his telecoms group was identified as the 13th fastest growing business in The Sunday Times/ Virgin Atlantic UK Fast Track League Fable. The following year he founded other businesses; the most popular of those businesses was Wines4business.com, an online retailer that sells wine and champagne to corporate bodies. With the success of each business Jones’ interest grows.
He has invested in over 40 businesses ranging from lifestyle, publishing (Wonderland Magazine and Square Mile International), television, entertainment (Peter Jones Television Company), product design (The Generating Company and Concentrate design) and so on. He has created a path for nurturing young UK entrepreneurs.
Also, Jones launched 36 Jessops stores across the UK. His business portfolio includes but not only restricted to Data Select, Expansys, Jessops, Peter Jones Television Company, Levi Roots, Red Letter Days, Bladez Toyz etc.
In 2009, he found The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, which was meant to teach UK residents entrepreneurial skills. The Academy was built in different locations in the UK, like in Manchester, Sheffield, Amersham, Southend, Oxford and Leamington.
Dragons’ Den and Peter Jones
Dragons’ Den is a British television program presented by Evan Davis. Peter Jones is the last of the original panelist in the Dragons’ Den. He was there when the Show was first aired on BBC Two on January 4, 2005, and he has appeared in all the seventeen series.
The show American Inventor was originally his idea known as The Inventor. He sold the show idea to the American Broadcasting Company. The Show was produced by Fremantle, Simon Cowell and his company – Peter Jones Television Company. Jones also owns the TV Show Tycoon, which birthed the show Tycoon in 2013. Jones has appeared in other television works like Hustle, Celebrity Juice, James Corden’s World Cup Live, The Magicians, Never Mind the Buzzcocks etc.
Peter Jones: Net worth
Peter Jones’ net worth is £460 million. His incomes are from his chain of businesses and appearances on TV shows mostly from Dragons’ Den. I trust you aren’t surprised because he’s a successful entrepreneur and TV reality star.
Peter Jones: wife, family and house
Peter Jones has five children. He married Caroline when he was 22 years, and they had two children Annabel and William, before they separated after Jones lost his computer business. Jones’ current partner is Tara Capp. They have three children together, Tallulah, Natalia, and Isabella. Peter Jones lives with his family in Beaconsfield (South Buckinghamshire) United kingdom. His house is called Mountbatten House. Jones is a lover of classic and luxury cars, and he owns a collection of classic and luxury sports cars.