Entrepreneur Steven Bartlett has a string of achievements to his name (Picture: BBC)
Having already wowed the nation since he joined the Dragons’ Den panel, Steven Bartlett is a name you’re likely to be far more familiar with now.
The multi-millionaire quietly built an empire away from the limelight before joining the BBC One show that he grew up watching in 2022.
And he’s back with the rest of the dragons to seek more potential investments as the long-running programme returns for its 20th series.
But who is he and what does he do for a living?
Here’s everything you need to know about Steven.
Who is Steven Bartlett?
The entrepreneur is a multi-millionaire (Picture: AWEurope/REX/Shutterstock)
Steven is the founder and former CEO of The Social Chain, a social media marketing agency.
He started the agency in his bedroom in Manchester when he was just 22 years old.
The agency went public when Steven was 27, and in May 2021, it had a market value of over £300million.
While he’s still the founder, Steven left as Social Chain’s CEO in December 2020 to pursue other ventures.
He’s gone on to found Catena Capital, a private equity investment firm, as well as co-founding an app builder called Third Web and an investment platform called Flight Story.
He’s now 30 years old.
In addition to his business savvy, Steven is also the author of Sunday Times bestseller Happy Sexy Millionaire: Unexpected Truths about Fulfilment, Love, and Success.
Of course, given his background, Steven has quite a large following on social media.
His Instagram account, @steven, has raked in more than 1.9 million followers.
His YouTube channel, The Diary Of A CEO, has 226k subscribers and shows the recording of his podcast – which sees Steven chat to fellow entrepreneurs and CEOs.
It was his podcast that came under the spotlight last year, after comments made by Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague on the show sparked a huge backlash.
Molly was criticised for comments that many called ‘privileged’, saying on the broadcast that ‘everyone has the same 24 hours in the day’ and that she’s willing to go to ‘any lengths’ to achieve success.
However, Steven later came to her defence over the comments, saying on Twitter: ‘Molly Mae did an interview on my podcast, yesterday a soundbite from that interview went viral, she trended No.1 on Twitter, every newspaper covered it and MP’s weighed in.
‘I’ve had male guests say what she said. No one cared. But when Molly says it, she’s crucified? Crazy.’
Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock caused a stir when he appeared on The Diary Of A CEO in February 2022.
Steven promised a no holds barred interview that would address the affair that led to Hancock’s resignation last summer – and on that promise, he certainly delivered.
What is Steven Bartlett’s net worth?
While Social Chain was valued at £300 million in 2021, Steven himself has a different net worth.
When he was 26 years old, Forbes magazine estimated that the entrepreneur was worth $96m (£68m).
Details of his current net worth are unknown.
He was also named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and has won prizes at prestigious awards including the Black British Business Awards and the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
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