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Dragons’ Den houses FX options trader

Once a dealer, always a dealer

Richard Farleigh is described by the BBC as an Australian multi-millionaire “who has possibly invested in more new UK companies than any other investor in Britain… He first made his millions trading the world’s financial markets”

Those who watch the Dragons’ Den series on BBC TV will have noticed that one of the new panel of inquisitors has an impressive background of trading in the financial markets. The premise of the programme is that would-be entrepreneurs go cap in hand to a panel of successful businessmen and a token woman – the dragons – to secure funding to get the next best thing off the ground. Richard Farleigh, the new panellist, is described by the BBC as an Australian multi-millionaire “who has possibly invested in more new UK companies than any other investor in Britain… He first made his millions trading the world’s financial markets”.

All very true. Farleigh, who now lives in Monte Carlo, has a rags-to-riches story to tell. He cut his financial teeth trading FX options for Bankers Trust in Sydney in the 1980s.

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