EXCLUSIVE: Mone wants to join Dragon’s Den in 2012

Michelle Mone has announced that she is still interested in joining TV show Dragon’s Den as a judge in 2012.

The Ultimo boss was unable to feature on the programme this year, due to a hectic work schedule and an existing commitment to a separate BBC show.

Mone, who admits to obtaining just four hours of sleep a night, told Lingerie Insight: “Dragon’s Den have been talking to me right since the very start, about four or five years ago, and it has always never quite been the right time.

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“I think next year will be the right time if they ask me again. But, right now, I have too much on my place and I have this show (for the BBC) that I have committed to for three months, so I can’t do both.”

Michelle was a favourite to replace former Dragon’s Den member James Caan, who quit the show last month. BBC execs have since found a substitute in the person of 53 year old Pall-Ex chief executive Hilary Devey.

Mone said: “They have now found a new woman, haven’t they? I have got my own style and I am an inventor as well, and I think I would bring a lot to it, and I think the people on it just now – they are good. So maybe, one day – next year, when I have calmed down a bit.”

She added: “I don’t know what ages they are on Dragon’s Den, but I’m 38, so I’m probably still relatively young out of all of them, so I’ve got a bit of time. I could wear a lot of my corsets, I suppose… do that.”

Read the full interview with Ultimo founder and chief executive Michelle Mone in the March issue of Lingerie Insight, where she discusses her brand’s expansion into lifestyle and clothing, the launch of her stand alone stores and reveals why a single mistake lost her £1.5 million.

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