Gained reality fame as a longtime investor on the BBC Two series Dragons' Den. She accumulated wealth through her family holiday business.
She opened her first company, an export agency, at age 19 in Italy.
She amassed a personal wealth of over $40 million. She also appeared on the 11th series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One.
She married Paul Meaden in 1993. They did not have any children.
She was joined by Hilary Devey as a cast member on Dragon's Den for the show's ninth series.