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Duncan Bannatyne's Biography

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Duncan Bannatyne was born on 2 February 1949 in Clydebank, Scotland.

In 1964, he volunteered for the Royal Navy as a junior 2nd class engineering mechanic stoker at RNTE Shotley. However, he was given a dishonourable discharge for threatening to throw an officer off a boat landing jetty.

He had to serve nine months in a military detention centre before being discharged aged 20.

Bannatyne started his career in business with an ice cream van, which he bought for £450. Later on his business empire expanded to such an extent that he sold his care home business Quality Care Homes for £26 million in 1996 and his children's nursery chain Just Learning, for £22 million.

His businesses went on to include the Bannatyne's Health Clubs chain, and the Bannatyne Spa Hotel in Hastings.

He was awarded an OBE and is famous for being one of the dragons on Dragons' Den.

His books include Anyone Can Do It and Wake Up and Change Your Life.

In 2015, he became one of the celebrities on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. He was the 5th celebrity to be voted off the show.

At the time he was going out with Nigora Whitehorn.

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