Steve Parish
Steve Parish in April 2016 Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is joining the new look line-up for the forthcoming series of Dragons' Den. The BBC confirmed that the 52-year-old businessman and the former banker Jenny Campbell would replace departing dragons, Nick Jenkins and Sarah Willingham.

Parish said: "I'm thrilled to become a dragon and really excited to meet the entrepreneurs in this series, see what ideas they bring to the den and how I might be able to help them grow."

Who is Steve Parish?

Born in the south-east London suburb of Forest Hill, London, Parish started his education at Christ Church School before moving on to Colfe's secondary school.

Recalling his time there, he said: "It encouraged me to express my opinions and gave me a level of education and confidence which I didn't appreciate and realise how valuable it was until I left school and met other people in the real world."

Career highlights and achievements

  • The father-of-two built his company, TAG Worldwide and transforming it into a production powerhouse in the advertising industry before selling to Deutsche Post DHL Group in 2010.
  • He used his business acumen to rescue administration-hit Palace after becoming chairman in 2010.
  • Before becoming a football boss Parish had a passion for another sport. He previously told the Telegraph: "I used to race cars. I did the Carrera Cup first – I went straight from karts to Porsches at 40-years-old, racing against pros. I had a big accident at Oulton Park, it's on YouTube! My collarbone snapped and came out. That puts you off a bit."

Is he on social media?

Parish is a member of the Twittersphere with more that 35K followers on the social media site. Sharing his excitement over his new gig he tweeted: "Really looking forward to seeing and hopefully getting involved in some exciting businesses. #dragonsden."

How much is he worth?

Parish is worth an estimated £45m.

Steve Parish
Crystal Palace's English co-chairman Steve Parish gestures to the Crystal Palace fans before kick off of the FA Cup semi-final football match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Wembley Stadium in London on 24 April 2016 Ian Kington/AFP

What are his favourite hobbies?

Besides being an enthusiastic amateur racing driver, Parish has a penchant for UFC. Back in 2016 he was pictured alongside the likes of Piers Morgan, Frank Lampard, Susanna Reid at the Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez bout.