Syed Ahmed's Biography

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Syed Ahmed, who was 31 when he entered 'The Apprentice', has an HND in Business and Finance.

Born in Bangladesh, Syed Ahmed now lives in London and enjoys flying planes.

Before entering 'The Apprentice' series 2, Syed Ahmed believed that he would be a central figure in the show, and said:

"Without doubt I think I will be the focal part of the show because I am passionate."

Even as early as programme 1 of The Apprentice Syed was asserting himself, suggesting the men call themselves the A-Team and attacking team leader Ben Stanberry, who said of Syed: "If there was a Bollywood version of The Office, he would be David Brent."

In October 2006, Syed Ahmed became one of the celebrity contestants on Sky's Cirque de Celebrite, however in the second week he had to leave when his walking the wire was not up to scratch.

Syed Ahmed claimed to have been a restaurant manager for Marco Pierre White's White Starline Group. Sara Nathan in The Sun on February 25 suggested that Syed was, in fact, head waiter and then assistant manager at the Titanic.

Nathan also mentions that former colleagues at a company called Interquest were amused to find him on The Apprentice.

When it was down to the last five,Lord Sugar chose to fire Syed rather than Ruth Badger. Sir Alan said: "despite some flashes of genius, you are too much of a risk for me, you're fired".

A couple of months after The Apprentice was transmitted, Syed Ahmed was arrested for various motoring offences. He was caught driving despite being banned and also refused to take a breath test.

Syed Ahmed was not given a custodial sentence after saying he was depressed through finding out his mother had got cancer.

In July 2006, it was reported that Syed had been having an intermittent relationship with The Apprentice's winner, Michelle Dewberry. In August 2006 Michelle suffered a miscarriage with Syed's baby and the couple split a month later.

In 2007, Sky One commissioned a documentary entitled Syed Ahmed - Hot Air. Syed Ahmed has three months and spends £20,000 of his own money to launch his own business featuring the Vortex Body Dryer, a new body-drying mechanism instead of the towel!

Syed Ahmed set up Savortex to build the body-drying business. Syed also developed an IT recruitment business, Magenta Partnerships.

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