Piers Linney has announced he is stepping down from BBC Two series Dragons’ Den, after two years.
The 43-year-old technology guru said he will leave the show after the current 12th series to pursue other interests, after being an investor on the programme alongside fellow Dragons Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden and Kelly Hoppen.
“After hearing over 200 pitches and making nine deals, I have had a fantastic experience on Dragons’ Den and feel honoured to have had the opportunity to contribute to such an iconic and long-running TV show,” he said.
His exit from Dragons’ Den follows in the wake of the departure of Kelly and Duncan. Peter is the only remaining investor from the original series line-up.
Piers – who joined the show in 2013 alongside Hoppen – plans to focus on his cloud computing business Outsourcery and his not-for-profit digital platform, workinsight.org, as well as technology investment and work related to enterprise and diversity.
The married father-of-two, who previously appeared in Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire, will also continue to work closely with the businesses he has backed and says he would not rule out a return to television.
“I might do TV again. I’m good at being me and if something reflects my interests, it might be something I’m interested in doing.”
Dragons’ Den continues on BBC Two on Sunday evenings at 9.00pm.