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After dropping out of school at just sixteen, James Caan started his business life in a broom cupboard with 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 turver of GBP130 million and swiftly became one of Britain's most successful entrepreneurs.From Caan's childhood as a Pakistani immigrant to the phemenal 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.
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.