Sleb entrepreneur round-up: Caan is out, Assange tries not to leak his own book

All good things must come to an end, and Caan's tenure in the Den is one of them. Perhaps one of the 'unifying documents of our generation' might cheer us up...

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 19 Jun 2013
A sad day for entrepreneurs across the land, as Dragons’ Den stalwart James Caan revealed he would be stepping down after four seasons on the show. The ‘amiable’ (not our word) investor told the BBC that while it’s been an ‘integral and exciting part of my professional life’, he’s off to concentrate on his ‘philanthropic’ work in Pakistan where, according to the Daily Mail, ‘he already works tirelessly on charitable projects’ (‘babygate’ aside…).

Sounds like a rollercoaster-ride of emotions, so what could prompt such a bombshell? Is something rotten in the state of, er, Den? Well, it could have something to do with the rumour that fellow Dragon Duncan Bannatyne has refused to speak to Caan for the last nine months. Bannatyne, arguably the least cuddly of the Dragons, has allegedly taken exception to Caan’s non-dom status. Ah, well – all good things must come to an end, so as the great man himself once said: ‘I’m out’.

There have already been plenty of suggestions as to who should replace Caan in the Den, with the Telegraph fielding Ultimo lingerie founder Michelle Mone, outspoken Ryanair CEO  Michael O’Leary and PR nightmare Gerald Ratner as potential candidates. For what it’s worth, our money’s on former BP CEO Tony Hayward – at least he’s good for a soundbite. Although there is the risk that after a tough day’s filming, he might complain that he wants his ‘life back’…

Elsewhere in celebland, Wikileaks founder and man-we-love-to-hate Julian Assange has announced that he will be publishing his memoirs. The book, to be published by Canongate, will ‘explain our global struggle to force a new relationship between the people and their governments’. Assange solemnly added that he wants to book to ‘become one of the unifying documents of our generation’. We can but hope.

Then again, it could pose a number of ideological problems for Assange. While it might come across as a bourgeois abuse of his dozens of fans’ democratic right to know everything that’s happened, ever; following his natural compulsion and posting the manuscript on Wikileaks could land him in a spot of bother with his publishers, who might ask for their advance back (quite possibly rendering them further targets for Assange's army of ‘hactivist’ henchmen). It’s a tough one, but we’ve no doubt that where Assange is concerned, the will of the people will prevail.

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