Dragons' Den

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Dragons' Den is a reality television program format in which entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists in the hope of securing investment finance from them. The program originated in 2001 in Japan, where it is known as The Tigers of Money (マネーの虎 manē no tora), a pun on "The Tiger of Malaya" (マレーの虎 marē no tora), the nickname of WWII general Tomoyuki Yamashita.[1] The format was created and is owned by Nippon TV and is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

Local versions of the show have been produced in nearly 30 countries, as well as one for the Arab world; in some countries, more than one version has been aired. The first version to air outside of Japan was the British programme Dragons' Den, which launched in 2005; in the several years afterward, most versions named themselves Dragons' Den or variations thereof, though some also used other animals in the title, such as lions. Since the launch of the U.S. version of the show, Shark Tank, in 2009, many versions have been named Shark Tank or variations thereof. In versions where the name of the show contains a creature's name, the investors are referred to by that name.


The contestants are usually inventors, product designers, or service operators who have what they consider to be a viable and potentially very profitable business idea, but who lack funding and/or business acumen. They pitch their idea to five rich entrepreneurial businesspeople, who in most iterations of the show are referred to as "dragons", "tigers" (in the original Japanese show), "lions" or "sharks". Before the show, the contestants have named a specific amount of money that they wish to get along with a percentage in the business that the contestant is offering to sell to the investors. The rules stipulate that if they do not raise at least this amount from the dragons, they get nothing. In return, the contestant gives the dragons a percentage of the company's capital stock, which is the chief point of negotiation. The program does not show the entire pitch as scenes are selected and edited from the episode due to time constraints.

The dragons probe the idea further once the contestant has made the presentation. This will either reveal a sound business proposition resulting in an investment offer from one or more of the dragons in return for equity or a withdrawal from the transaction by either the contestant or all of the dragons. A rejection by the dragons is often given as "I'm out" which is usually triggered (in the investor's opinion) by the investor asking for a larger equity stake in the business than the contestant wants to give up, the contestant's valuation on the business being too high compared to its overall profits, the product not having any proprietary value, or the investor's belief that they cannot add value to the business. Sometimes the dragons identify troubling facts such as an embarrassing lack of preparation on the part of the contestant, the contestant's lack of business knowledge, their perceived margins, competitors, insufficient sales, or high manufacturing costs. Contestants often negotiate and barter with the investors. The deals agreed to on the program may or may not actually be carried through.


Dragons' Den series have been produced in numerous countries. Apart from Japan (where the show debuted) the show names, structures, and styles are based upon the UK version.


In Afghanistan, the show is called Fikr wa Talash (Dream and Achieve). The show's purpose is to encourage Afghans to embark on entrepreneurship. It aimed to promote entrepreneurial spirit among ordinary Afghans, with the show giving contestants a lifetime opportunity to pitch their creative business ideas before a panel of business tycoons and walk away with the cash prize of US$20,000.[2]

The show began in 2008 on TOLO TV. The first series ended in August 2008, with the final contestant, Faizulhaq Moshkani, winning $20,000 towards his plastic recycling business. At the time of the show, he owned a plastic recycling plant in Qandahar in southern Afghanistan. After winning, Moshkani shut the factory due to the high cost of fuel to power generators. Instead, he used the $20,000 prize money to move the business to Kabul, where he planned to build a miniature hydroelectric plant to power the new recycling plant. Mariam Al Ahmadi collected the runner-up prize of $10,000. In the second season, a follow-up episode was introduced with the top contestants tracking their progress in their businesses.[3]

The show was produced by Bamyan media[4] with the help of the Moby Group's strategic communications arm, Lapis Ltd, and aired on the Group's most popular channel in Afghanistan, TOLO TV,[5] reaching an estimated 7 million viewers in 2010.[6][7]

Fikr wa Talash was sponsored by USAID, Roshan telecommunication (the country's leading mobile operator) and Bank e Milli (Afghan National Bank). The host is Ramiz Baktiar.[8][circular reference][9] Like the Egyptian version, it was created by Anna Elliot, founder of the NGO Bamyan Media.

Arab world[edit]

In the Arab world, Dragons' Den was known as Dragons' Den: Al Aareen العرين (The Den). It was broadcast on the Lebanese channel Future Television and was hosted by Ibrahim Abu Jawdeh. The show received contestants from various Arab countries.

The panel of Dragons for the 2007 series consisted of:

  • Omar El-Quqa
  • Ahmad Tantash
  • Nassif Karam
  • Roger Azar


The Egyptian version of Dragons' Den is El Mashroua ("The Project").[10] The show was created in 2013[11] by Anna Elliot, the founder of the NGO Bamyan Media. It was broadcast on the national channel Alnahar[12] and followed by approximately four million people. The program created the largest community of entrepreneurs[clarification needed] through a digital platform connected to the show with one million participants. The winner of the first season, Tina Boules, won the sum of 350,000 Egyptian pounds to develop her startup Taqa Solutions, which specializes in agricultural waste recycling and biogas exploitation.[13][circular reference] The panel of Dragons consisted of :

  • Hala Hattab
  • Hisham Al Jamal


Dragons' Den (2005 version)[edit]

The Australian version of Dragons' Den was broadcast on the Seven Network and hosted by Andrew O'Keefe. Unlike in other versions, the host ran through the outline of the business with the contestant before the contestant began negotiating with the Dragons for a deal. The show was produced by Michael Horrock. The Australian Dragons were:

The Seven Network announced in December 2005 that the show would not be back for a second season after poor ratings.

Shark Tank (2015 version)[edit]

The format was revived by Network Ten, under the American Shark Tank name, for a show that premiered February 2015.[14] It ran for four seasons, until August 2018. The show was hosted by Sarah Harris.[15] The Sharks for this edition are:


The Austrian version is called 2 Minuten 2 Million "2 Minutes 2 Million". It debuted on Puls 4.


The Belgian (Flemish) version is called Leeuwenkuil (Lions' Den).


The Brazilian version is called Shark Tank Brasil — Negociando com Tubarões ('Negotiating with Sharks').[16][circular reference] It debuted in October 2016. The sharks (investors) have included João Appolinário, Cristiana Arcangeli, Robinson Shiba, Sorocaba (of Fernando & Sorocaba), Camila Farani, José Semezato, Carlos Wizard Martins and Caito Maia. Specials episodes included Roberto Justus, Luiza (Magazine Luiza) and others.


English version[edit]

The English-language Canadian version of Dragons' Den began airing in 2006.

The Canadian Dragons were:

Seat Season
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
1 Jim Treliving Robert Herjavec
2 Kevin O'Leary Michael Wekerle Lane Merrifield Wes Hall
3 Jennifer Wood Arlene Dickinson Joe Mimran Vincenzo Guzzo
4 Laurence Lewin W. Brett Wilson Bruce Croxon Vikram Vij Manjit Minhas
5 Robert Herjavec David Chilton Michele Romanow
6 Arlene Dickinson

French version[edit]

The French-language version, Dans l'œil du dragon [fr] (In the Dragon's Eye), began airing in 2012, hosted by Paul Houde.

Past and present dragons include:


The Chinese version of Dragons' Den(中国合伙人 "Chinese Partner")started airing in May 2016 on Shenzhen Satellite TV. The Chinese format is produced by Shanghai-based IPCN (International Programme International Network).

Past and present Chinese Dragons include:

  • Bob Xu, co-founder of New Oriental Education and ZhenFund (season 1–2)
  • Annabelle Long Yu, CEO of Bertelsmann China (season 1–2)
  • Li Guoqing, co-founder & CEO of Dang Dang (season 1–2)
  • Yao Jinbo, Founder & CEO of 58.com (season 1–2)
  • Hugo Shong, chairman of IDG Greater China (season 1)
  • Zhou Hongyi, co-founder and CEO of Qihoo 360 (season 1)
  • Jerry Huang, founder and CEO of Gaudi Capital (season 2)


The Colombian version of Shark Tank called Shark Tank Colombia began airing on 23 February 2018 on Canal Sony.

Colombian sharks include:

  • Alexander Torrenegra (seasons 1–2)
  • Leonardo Wehe (season 1)
  • Ricardo Leyva Gutiérrez (seasons 1–2)
  • Juliana Barreto (seasons 1–2)
  • Frank Kanayet (seasons 1–2)
  • Mauricio Hoyos (seasons 1–2)


The Croatian version of Dragons' Den called Zmajevo gnijezdo (Dragon's Nest) was scheduled to broadcast in May 2007 on Croatian Radiotelevision and produced by Ocean Film, a local production company.

Contracted Croatian Dragons were:

  • Maja Pečarević — owner of Generalturist, the leading and oldest travel agency in Croatia.
  • Hrvoje Prpić — owner of Smee d.o.o, bamboo flooring company.
  • Davor Štern — owner of Trade Consulting d.o.o., business consulting company.
  • Juroslav Buljubašić — co-owner of Blue Line International, the international maritime company.
  • Branko Roglić — owner of Orbico, one of the leading importers and distributors of various consumer goods and toys in Croatia.

A few episodes were filmed but never broadcast for undisclosed reasons.

Czech Republic[edit]

In the Czech Republic, the show is called Den D (The D-Day).

It first aired on 31 March 2009 on Czech TV (CT1 channel), in a very similar set up to the British version of BBC.

The show is hosted by radio host Jan Pokorny and the dragon investors are:

  • Ivan Pilny – former general manager of Microsoft in the Czech Republic, chairman of the board of Czech Telecom and entrepreneur (Series 1 & 3)
  • Marta Novakova – founder and CEO of U&SLUNO software company (Series 1, 2 & 3)
  • Ondrej Bartos – serial entrepreneur, consultant and venture capitalist, Partner with Credo Ventures (Series 1 & 2)
  • Dana Berova – former minister of informatics, entrepreneur and business development director of Gartner (1st, 2nd & 3rd series)
  • Tomio Okamura – Czech-Japanese entrepreneur in travel and retail (Series 1, 2 & 3)
  • Michael Rostock – investment banker and advisor with Venture Investors Corporate Finance (Series 2 & 3)

The Dragons are/were:

Seat Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4
1 Ivan Pilný Michael Rostock
2 Ondřej Bartoš Ivan Pilný Margareta Křížová
3 Dana Bérová Petra Rychnovská
4 Marta Nováková John Vanhara
5 Tomio Okamura Michal Hanus


A Danish version of the show, Løvens Hule (The Lion's Den), began airing in April 2015.[18] The five "lions" in the first season were Christian Stadil, Birgit Aaby, Tommy Ahlers, Ilse Jacobsen and Jesper Buch. Only Jesper Buch remains as of 2022.

Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7
Jesper Buch
Ilse Jacobsen Jan Dal Lehrmann
Tommy Ahlers Mia Wagner
Birgit Aaby Peter Warnøe Christian Arnstedt
Christian Stadil Jacob Risgaard


Lion's Mouth (2007)[edit]

In Finland, the first version of the show was Leijonan kita, which means the jaws or the mouth of a lion. The show began running on 27 September 2007 on the MTV3 channel and aired for one season. It was hosted by Anna Sorainen. The local leijonat (lions) were Kyösti Kakkonen, Eero Lehti, Toivo Sukari, Lisa Sounio and Kaija Ward.

Lion's Den (2013)[edit]

In February 2013 the show re-emerged on the Nelonen channel, this time named Leijonan luola (Lion's Den). The show was hosted by Kirsi Salo, and the new lions were Riku Asikainen, Jorma Terentjeff, Ari Lahti, Anne Berner and Oskari Lehtonen.


The French version is called Qui veut être mon associé? ("Who wants to be my business partner?"). It debuted on 14 January 2020 on M6.[19] The second season debuted on 5 January 2022.[20] The investors have been:[21]


The German version is called Die Höhle der Löwen (The Lions' Cave). It debuted on 19 August 2014 on VOX. The German "lions" are:[22]

The first episode of the second season aired on 18 August 2015.[23] The third season launched on 23 August 2016, introducing two new presenters. A fourth season was announced for 2017. Nico Rosberg replaced Frank Thelen as an investor on the programme ('The Lions' Cave') in late 2019.[24]


The Hungarian version is called Cápák között (Among Sharks). It debuted on 18 February 2019 on RTL Klub.[25]

The Hungarian "sharks" are/were:

Seat Order Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
1 Levente Balogh
2 Gyula Fehér István Lakatos
3 Péter Balogh
4 Anna Apró Szabina Tomán
5 András Moldován


An Indian version of the show began in 2021 on SET India. It is hosted by Rannvijay Singha.

The seven sharks who participated in season 1 are:[26]

Shark Company
Ashneer Grover Managing Director and co-founder of BharatPe and blink it
Aman Gupta Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of boAt
Anupam Mittal Founder and CEO of Shaadi.com and People Group
Ghazal Alagh Co-founder and Chief Mama of MamaEarth
Namita Thapar Executive Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals
Peyush Bansal Co-founder and CEO of Lenskart
Vineeta Singh CEO and co-founder of SUGAR Cosmetics


An Irish version of the show began in 2009 on RTÉ One, the state broadcaster. It is presented by Richard Curran, deputy editor of The Sunday Business Post.

The Irish Dragons are/were:

Seat order Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7 Season 8
1 Niall O'Farrell Peter Casey Eamonn Quinn Chanelle McCoy
2 Bobby Kerr Ramona Nicholas Eleanor McEvoy
3 Sarah Newman Norah Casey Barry O'Sullivan Alison Cowzer
4 Gavin Duffy
5 Seán Gallagher Sean O'Sullivan Eamonn Quinn Barry O'Sullivan

The Dragons have appeared on television in Ireland, in promotion of the series, on Tubridy Tonight, on RTÉ One. RTÉ started broadcasting show promos after Christmas 2008 as part of their winter line-up.

The first episode was broadcast on 19 February 2009.

A third season of Dragons' Den began airing on RTÉ One, on Thursday, 20 February 2011. Norah Casey was the new Dragon for the third season. Episodes at the end of the third season, for the first time on Dragons' Den in Ireland, showed the Dragons on tour visiting their past investments.

A fourth season of Dragons' Den was commissioned.[27] Sean O'Sullivan replaced Seán Gallagher.[28] Sean is co-founder at Avego Ltd, based in Kinsale.

For the fourth series of Dragons' Den, a live, interactive "Sixth Dragon Game" was developed to be played whilst watching the show, in which viewers are able to decide in real time if they're IN or OUT as the pitches unfold. The "Sixth Dragon Game" is the first live, interactive game for a TV show in Ireland.


In Israel, Dragons' Den is entitled Hakrishim, Hebrew for "The Sharks". It was produced by Gil Productions and was broadcast on the now defunct Channel 10. It was hosted by Guy Zohar and ran for two seasons. In the Israeli version, there were six dragons who rotate their appearance weekly. The first season was broadcast during the summer and fall of 2006 and the second during the summer of 2007.

In 2018 the show was renewed by Gil Productions and is now being broadcast on Keshet 12. The show is currently airing its 3rd season on Keshet 12. The show welcomed an entirely new cast, with dragon Amir Eyal from the original iteration of the show returning for the 3rd season.

Shark Seasons on channel 10 Seasons on Keshet 12
1 2 1 2 3
Aviv Tzidon
Jacky Ben-Zaken
Zeev Holtzman
Israela Shatir
Nir Shretzky
Oded Dasau
Amir Eyal
Yossi Moldavsky
Nir Barkat
Roni Ross
Dovi Frances
Zohar Levkovitz
Hadar Goldman
Stav Shacham
Einav Adiv-Berar
Oren Dobronsky
Yasmin Lukach
Eldad Tamir


Titled マネーの虎 ("Manē no Tora", Money Tigers), this is the original version. It was created by and broadcast on Nippon Television from 2001 to 2004. It was the first entertainment programme in the history of Japanese television that dealt with the concept of business investment. During its three-year run, as many as 16 business executives appeared in the programme as Tigers.[29]


The premier of Lion's Den was in October 2016 on NTV.[30] The show was sponsored by KCB Group, the largest commercial bank in East Africa. The format was introduced to Kenya by Quite Bright Films Kenya Ltd (QBF) who produce the show in Nairobi.

The Kenyan Lions are:[31]


In Mexico the series is called Shark Tank México: Negociando con tiburones or just simply Negociando con Tiburones, Spanish for "Negotiating with Sharks".

The sharks were:

  • Ana Victoria García (season 1) Victoria 147 Women's entrepreneur incubator and training
  • Arturo Elías Ayub (season main 1–2, 3 guest) Director of Strategic Alliances at Telmex
  • Carlos Bremer (season 1–3) Owner Grupo Financiero Value Stock Brokerage firm
  • Jorge Vergara (season 1–2) Omnilife nutraceuticals and Anhelo movie production
  • Rodrigo Herrera Aspra es (season 1–3) CEO Genomma Labs OTC drugs and skin lotions
  • Patricia Armendáriz (season 2–3) Politician, actuary and business consultant
  • Marcus Dantus (season 3) Startup Mexico business incubator chain
  • Luis Harvey (season 3) Nexxus Private equity and investment banking


This series is titled Shark Tank Nepal and is a Nepali version of Shark Tank Reality Television Show licensed from Sony Picture. Himalaya Television HD [35] has the right to Produce and Broadcast the show.


In the Netherlands the show ran on Nederland 3 for three seasons. The first season was broadcast in May 2007, every Friday at 20:25. The second season was broadcast in May 2008, every Monday at 21:25. Both seasons were hosted by Jort Kelder. The dragons were:

In 2020 a third season was broadcast on NPO 1, hosted by Sander Schimmelpenninck. The dragons were:

New Zealand[edit]

Initially, the UK and Australian series of Dragons' Den were broadcast in New Zealand before a local version was produced by Eyeworks Television. It broadcast on TV One in 2006 and was hosted by Rawdon Christie. The dragons were:


Nigeria's adaptation of Dragons' Den was broadcast weekly in 2008 on the AIT Network and produced by Storm Vision.

The Nigerian Dragons were:


In Pakistan, the program airs as Idea Croron Ka and is broadcast on Neo News. It is a joint venture between Chaudhry Muhammad Akram Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CMACED) at Superior University and Neo News.[36] The first episode premiered on 18 March 2017.[37] The main lead and driving force of this show is Nabeel A. Qadeer who was the Director Entrepreneurship at Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB).

The judges include:[38]

  • Salim Ghauri, Founder and CEO of Netsol technologies (Pvt.) Ltd
  • Naeem Zamindar, Pakistan Country Director and CEO of Acumen
  • Humayun Mazhar, Founder, CEO and chairman at CresVentures


In Poland, the program is called Dragons' Den – jak zostać milionerem ("How to be a millionaire") and has been broadcast on TV4 since 2011. The largest investment ever secured on the program was 15 million PLN (US$5.5 million), on 24 April 2011.[39]

The Polish Dragons in 2011 were:


The Portuguese version of Dragons' Den has the American name Shark Tank. It ran for two seasons, from 2015 to 2016, on the SIC Network.

The Portuguese Sharks are:[40]


There is a Romanian version of the format called Arena Leilor (Lions' Arena). The Romanian Lions are:

The show started in 2007. It lasted for a few years and then it was canceled.

The show was released again in 2019 under the name Imperiul Leilor (Lions' Empire). The new Romanian lions are:


There was a Russian version of the show called KAPITAL.

Saudi Arabia[edit]

Saudi Arabian broadcaster STV1 showed the BBC version of Dragons' Den in 2010, then broadcast a local version in 2011.[41] It was called التجار, or "Traders". The dragons were:

  • Saleh Kamel
  • Ahmed Fitihy
  • Nashwa Altahir
  • Altaiar
  • Alhalafy


The Slovenian version of the show was called Dober posel ("Good Deal"). It was aired by new Slovenian broadcaster Planet TV, owned by Telekom Slovenije. The show was announced in May 2012, and premiered on 11 November 2012.

The Slovenian investors were:

  • Branko Drobnak, Procurator at Alta Skupina d.d., an asset management, non-discretional brokerage services, corporate finance services, accounting and audit services company. He is part of The Business Angels Club of Slovenia and non-executive chairman of Acies bio d.o.o, a biotechnology contract research organization.
  • Borut Rismal General Manager, CHS d.o.o., a computer peripherals distribution company
  • Daniela Bervar Country Manager for Slovenia at Cotrugli Business School and co-owner of MEDIA LAB d.o.o. deal of the day business company.
  • Jure Mikuž founder of RSG Capital, a venture-capital management company
  • Matjaž Krč, a business angel and managing director at Ideus d.o.o., business consulting services for small and mid-sized companies.

South Africa[edit]

Dragon's Den South Africa premiered on 23 September 2014 on Mzansi Magic. In a 2014 episode, Vusi Thembekwayo, one of the Dragons, signed his biggest deal, when he invested ZAR2 million in a Halaal abattoir owned by contestant Johan Jacobs and received a 40% stake in the business.[42] There were two seasons of the show.

The South African "dragons" were:[43]

  • Lebo Gunguluza, runs Gunguluza Enterprises & Media which boasts 12 print publications, stakes in numerous hotels and a car-hire business.
  • Vusi Thembekwayo, a motivational speaker and CEO of Watermark Pan-African Capital Ltd, with over ZAR4,32 billion in capital.
  • Polo Leteka Radebe, CEO of Identity Partners, a small and medium enterprises advisory and fund management services firm founded in 2007
  • Vinny Lingham, a serial internet entrepreneur from Cape Town with ties to Silicon Valley.
  • Gil Oved, founder and co-CEO of The Creative Counsel, an advertising agency with over ZAR600 million in turnover per year.

In October 2016 the show was renamed to Shark Tank South Africa and premiered on M-Net.

The "sharks" are:[44]


The title of the Spanish version is Tu Oportunidad (Your Opportunity) and went to air on 30 October 2013 by TVE.

Sri Lanka[edit]

The Sri Lankan version is called "Ath Pavura" (ඇත් පවුර), which means "Wall of Tuskers". It debuted on Independent Television Network on 24 September 2017. Unlike the other versions, the Sri Lankan version focuses on social entrepreneurs and impact investors.


The British version was on air in Sweden for several years on TV8 and BBC Prime. A Swedish version called Draknästet ("The Dragons' Nest") ran for two seasons, from 2009 to 2010, on Sveriges Television.[45]

The Swedish Dragons were:

  • Gunilla von Platen CEO and founder of Xzakt Kundrelation, a telemarketing company (season 1 only)
  • Ljubo Mrnjavac sold his fast food company Pölsemannen 2002, then became active in real estate (season 1 only)
  • Mats Gabrielsson, who sold his IT firm in the late 1980s for over $100 million
  • Douglas Roos, founder and chairman of nyheter24.se (season 2 only)
  • Susanna Falkengren cofounder and member of Exipos Invest (season 2 only)
  • Sven Hagströmer founder of HQ, Avanza, Investment AB Öresund and also on the board for the public companies Bilia, Eworks and Insplanet
  • Richard Båge, founder of Insplanet, founder and chairman of Mediaplanet


The Swiss version is called "Die Höhle der Löwen Schweiz" (Lion's Cave) and uses the same style, design and name as the German version. The first season premiered on July 7, 2020, on the German-speaking channel 3+. A second season was aired on TV24 and featured famous music producer DJ Antoine.


Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

The Trinbagonian version of Dragon's Den is called "Planting Seeds". The first season premiered on August 23, 2016, on CNC3.[46] The show ran for four seasons before becoming an online sales platform called "Seed Shops".

The original four investors on the show were:

  • Joseph Rahael, managing director for Real Estate at The ANSA McAL Group
  • Racquel Moses, CEO at The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator
  • Joe Pires, managing director at Caribbean Chemicals & Agencies
  • Sheldon Stephen (Managing Direction at Lollabee Group of Companies


The Turkish version of Dragons' Den is on BloombergHT. Baybars Altuntaş is one of the dragons.


In Ukraine, the series was called Акули бізнесу (Akuly biznesu, "Business Sharks") and featured Dragons such as future presidential candidate Serhiy Tihipko.

United Kingdom[edit]

Dragons' Den was first broadcast in the UK in January 2005. In the UK, it is broadcast on BBC Two, which has exclusive rights to the show's format from its Japanese producers. The Executive Producer is Dominic Bird[47] and it is hosted by BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davis. The Dragons are/were:

Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4 Series 5 Series 6 Series 7 Series 8 Series 9 Series 10 Series 11 Series 12 Series 13 Series 14 Series 15 Series 16 Series 17 (1st half) Series 17 (2nd half) Series 18 Series 19
Peter Jones
Simon Woodroffe Theo Paphitis Piers Linney Nick Jenkins Tej Lalvani Steven Bartlett
Doug Richard Deborah Meaden
Duncan Bannatyne Touker Suleyman Theo Paphitis Touker Suleyman
Rachel Elnaugh Richard Farleigh James Caan Hilary Devey Kelly Hoppen Sarah Willingham Jenny Campbell Sara Davies

During filming for series 17, Touker Suleyman fell ill with pneumonia and was unable to appear on the show for the second half of the series; Theo Paphitis returned temporarily to cover his place.[48]

In May 2021 it was confirmed that Steven Bartlett would become the youngest ever Dragon to join the den.

United States[edit]

In 2008, television producer Mark Burnett signed a deal with format holder Sony to produce an American version of the series. The series on U.S. television is titled Shark Tank.[49]

The U.S. network ABC ordered a pilot episode which was produced by Sony Pictures TV.[50] On 9 October 2008, a casting producer announced that The Shark Tank was accepting applications for a pilot, giving entrepreneurs two weeks to submit their ideas. The pilot was filmed from 6 to 9 January 2009 in Los Angeles.[51]

On 23 September 2016, Shark Tank began its eighth season. The current "sharks" are:

For the first two seasons of the series, Kevin Harrington was a regular shark. He was replaced in the third season by Mark Cuban.

Unlike versions of the show in other countries, the U.S. version uses a rotating cast of sharks every season, of which five usually appear in each episode, although all six sharks have occasionally appeared on a single episode. Also on occasion, guest investors fill in for a regular shark on the panel. Past guest investors include:

Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7 Season 8 Season 9 Season 10 Season 11 Season 12 Season 13
Robert Herjavec
Barbara Corcoran
Kevin O'Leary
Daymond John
Kevin Harrington Mark Cuban
Lori Greiner


A Vietnamese version of the show, titled Thương vụ bạc tỷ ("billion-dollar deal"), with the English-language title Shark Tank Vietnam, has aired for five seasons on Vietnam Television, starting in 2017.[54]

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