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  • Published: 15 May 2009
  • ISBN: 9780753515099
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99

The Real Deal

My Story from Brick Lane to Dragons' Den




JAMES CAAN'S INCREDIBLE BEST-SELLING STORY NOW IN PAPERBACK

After dropping out of school at just sixteen, James Caan started his business life in a broom cupboard with no qualifications and two pieces of fatherly wisdom: 'observe the masses and do the opposite' and 'always look for opportunities where both parties benefit'. Armed with this advice, natural charm and the Yellow Pages, he built a market-leading business with a turnover of £130 million and swiftly became one of Britain's most successful entrepreneurs.

From Caan’s childhood as a Pakistani immigrant to the phenomenal success of his first company and beyond, The Real Deal traces both his financial and personal achievements. It offers a frank account of what success at thirty really signifies and brings us right up to the present, including his impact on Dragons' Den and what his charity work, from saving a hospital in London to building a school in Lahore, means to him. Ultimately, it is a story of learning what money is really worth, told by one the country’s most insightful businessmen.

  • Pub date: 15 May 2009
  • ISBN: 9780753515099
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

James Caan

Date: 2013-08-06
James is CEO of private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw and has been building and selling businesses since 1985. He was awarded the 'BT Enterprise of the Year' award in 2001 for outstanding success in business and was named PricewaterhouseCoopers' 'Entrepreneur of the Year' in 2003. He is married with two daughters. He is currently appearing on BBC's hit show Dragons' Den.

James Caan is one of the UK's most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs, having built and sold businesses since 1985. After dropping out of school at sixteen and starting his first business in a Pall Mall broom cupboard - armed with little more than charm and his father's advice - Caan went on to make his fortune in the recruitment industry, founding the Alexander Mann Group, a company with a turnover of £130m. A 2003 graduate of Harvard Business School, Caan's most recent endeavour has been to set up private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw. Caan hit TV screens when he joined the panel of the BBC's Dragons' Den in 2007. He is a regular in the UK national and business press, advises on various Government programmes, and initiates numerous philanthropic projects via the James Caan Foundation.

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