Simon Ambrose

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Simon Ambrose
Born London, United Kingdom
Occupation Chartered Surveyor
Internet entrepreneur
Website
http://www.simonambrose.com/

Simon Ambrose was the 2007 winner of the third series of the British version of reality TV show The Apprentice, in which contestants compete for a £100,000-a-year job working for British business magnate Sir Alan Sugar.[1] He is now Chairman of the London Contemporary Orchestra.[2][3][4]

Background[edit]

Ambrose went to Westminster School,[5] and was a member of Rigaud's house, before graduating from Magdalene College, Cambridge, with a BA in Economics.[6] He worked for investment bank Credit Suisse in London[7] and then ran his own Internet shopping business[citation needed] before applying for The Apprentice. He is a member of Mensa having received an IQ score of 174 (SD 24) at 13 years old.[6] He is the son of businessman Russell Ambrose, who founded and still owns Optimax, a chain of laser eye surgery clinics in the UK.[8] His grandfather also enjoyed entrepreneurial success as a jeweller. The success of both spurred Simon to succeed in the business environment.[9]

The Apprentice[edit]

Ambrose was hired by Sir Alan Sugar in the final episode of series three of The Apprentice, which aired on BBC One on 13 June 2007, after he defeated fellow finalist Kristina Grimes. Ambrose was project manager of his team twice in the show, in weeks 7 and 10.[10][11] Ambrose's and Grimes's task in the finale was to design money-making buildings to be sited on the South Bank of the River Thames in London.[12]

Working for Amsprop[edit]

After his Apprentice victory, Ambrose was assigned a role at Sugar's property company Amsprop.[13] He is also training as a surveyor. He will be in charge of developing a hotel and golf course near Stansted Airport and it is reported that he and Lord Sugar are planning on building London's most expensive office and may bid for a prime site on London's St. James's Square.[14]

As of March 2008, Ambrose had reportedly "been working diligently on a property website that allows buyers to speed up legal obstacles".[15] As of March 2009, he had reportedly relaunched www.amsprop.com – "a one-stop shop giving customers instant access to all of AMSPROP's portfolio".[16] However, in April 2010 he was reported to be leaving to start his own venture.[17][18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Simon named The Apprentice winner". BBC News. 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  2. ^ "News". London Contemporary Orchestra. p. 2. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Simon Ambrose: passion will out". The Times. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Simon Ambrose appointed LCO Chairman". London Contemporary Orchestra Official Website. 5 February 2009. 
  5. ^ http://www.oldwestminster.org.uk/NetCommunity/Document.Doc?id=9
  6. ^ a b Firth, Niall (2007-06-13). "War of words as The Apprentice finalists go head to head". Daily Mail (London: Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  7. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2007/06/13/we-hate-apprentice-katie-115875-19287746/
  8. ^ http://www.optimax.co.uk/inside_optimax/russell_ambrose.aspx
  9. ^ The Apprentice: Beyond the Boardroom, BBC, 3 June 2007
  10. ^ "Episode: 7 The 97 pence victory". The Apprentice. BBC. Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  11. ^ "Episode: 10 Selling on TV". The Apprentice. BBC. Archived from the original on 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  12. ^ "Concepts for IBM South Bank site revealed on Apprentice final", London SE1 community website, 13 June 2007
  13. ^ "The A team is back", The Sun, 18 March 2009
  14. ^ "Q&A: Does Sky deal mean end for Amstrad?". BBC News. 2007-07-31. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  15. ^ Sherwin, Adam (2008-03-19). "Sir Alan Sugar's ideas in the firing line". London: Times Newspapers. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  16. ^ "The Apprentice – Notes to Editors", BBC Press Office, 17 March 2009
  17. ^ "Apprentice Winner Simon ambrose Leaves Alan Sugar's Firm". Northcliffe. 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  18. ^ "Apprentice winner Simon Ambrose quits Sir Alan Sugar's firm to go it alone". Daily Mail. 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 


Preceded by
Michelle Dewberry
The Apprentice (UK) winner
Series Three (2007)
Succeeded by
Lee McQueen