27/05/2022

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Who was the thriftiest dragon in this series of Dragons’ Den?

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As series 19 of Dragons’ Den comes to an end, we’ve been left scratching our heads with what to do with our time.

We saw it all: blasts from the past, erotic handbags, petty spats and a pitch which left Steven Bartlett in tears.

But two questions were left unanswered. First, how many times did Touker Suleyman wear that shirt? And second, who was the most careful dragon of them all?

It turns out Sara Davies was, spending a paltry £347,500 (yes, we’ve done the maths), with half of that off the back of one pitch.

That hefty £150,000 investment was into Toto in episode 2, a kind of Apple watch for infants to help them get to sleep. It seemed Sara was the one snoozing after that pitch though, as the other dragons’ thirst for deals overtook the ‘Crafting Queen’ in subsequent episodes.

The biggest spender, however, was Dragons’ Den veteran Peter Jones. He invested a whopping £527,500 over the course of the series, with his biggest investment being £150,000 in Extend Robotics in the very first episode. Our dragons really were eager beavers this series, weren’t they?

Deborah Meaden gets second spot, parting ways with £476,667, followed by new boy Steven with £434,167 and Touker with £395,167. 

Toto and Extend Robotics were the biggest winners when it came to capital invested, with only three other businesses coming away from the den with six-figure investments.

Here’s the table of all investment totals this series.


Steven Sara Deborah Peter Touker
Episode 1 £85,000 £150,000
Episode 2 £50,000 £150,000 £85,000
Episode 3 £66,667 £16,667 £16,667
Episode 4 £70,000 £75,000 £70,000
Episode 5 £25,000 £50,000 £50,000 £25,000
Episode 6 £25,000 £25,000 £150,000
Episode 7 £40,000 £80,000 £40,000
Episode 8 £25,000 £25,000
Episode 9 £30,000 £30,000 £50,000
Episode 10 £45,000 £75,000 £45,000
Episode 11 £40,000 £40,000
Episode 12 £25,000 £75,000 £25,000
Episode 13 £7,500 £7,500 £50,000 £57,500 £7,500
Episode 14 £30,000 £25,000 £55,000 £66,000
Total £434,167 £347,500 £476,667 £527,500 £395,167

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