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He's currently a member of the House of Lords, the focus of a long-running television series on the BBC, and the owner of a fortune worth an estimated £770 million. He's an incredibly well-known figure – swarthy, smart and sophisticated, but you don't want to be told to get your bags and leave by this Essex lad. Guessed who we're talking about yet?
Sir Alan Sugar is the gentleman in question. Certainly he's a high-profile businessman – he's even been awarded a knighthood for his services to the field. But here are a few interesting titbits which may or may not be related to his business career. Watch as we discover exactly how the man behind Amstrad had branched out.
Sugar started his business life after leaving Image By: tEditsschool at 16, and working for the civil service as a statistician at the Ministry of Education. He saved up enough to purchase a van, out of which he began selling electrical goods after quitting his job.
Sugar is an enormous fan of classic Rolls Royce and Bentley cars, and owns several. Some have featured in the hit series The Apprentice, along with Sugar himself.
As well as classic cars, Sugar also holds a soft spot for the football club Tottenham Hotspurs. He even chaired the club for 10 years, from 1991 to 2001.
Although Sugar looks harsh on his television programme, he actually likes to spread his money around – particularly to needy causes. He has donated large sums of cash to Jewish Care, Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and also to the Labour Party.
His political career started in 2009 when he was given a peerage by the Prime Minister of the time Gordon Brown – the role of enterprise tsar. As well as Lord Sugar, he is also called Baron Sugar of Clapton as a result of this.
Sugar has also presented a documentary on the financial woes of English football, for the BBC.
With such a wide-ranging and multifaceted career, where will Baron/Lord Sugar turn his eye to next? It's a question that many business analysts are asking . . . but not one that anyone seems to know the answer to.

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