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Friday 4 September 2015

Shibby fired from The Apprentice

Published 20/10/2010

Shibby Robati admitted he wasn't as business-savvy as the other Apprentice candidates
Shibby Robati admitted he wasn't as business-savvy as the other Apprentice candidates

Fired Apprentice candidate Dr Shibby Robati has claimed he lost out on a job with Lord Sugar because he was not as experienced in business as his rivals.

The 27-year-old surgeon was blasted by his team-mate Paloma Vivanco for making "rookie mistakes" and having "zero business experience", and he was called "Dr Doolittle" by Lord Sugar.

He was fired after team Apollo, which he was managing, lost the baking task for making £194 less profit than the rival team, partly due to Shibby paying compensation to a hotelier when he failed to deliver the full order of bread rolls they had agreed.

Shibby said: "I do feel that my business acumen wasn't as experienced as the others.

"You don't get on to a show like this having no business experience. I set up two companies just over a year ago. You don't do that with no business experience, so I've got to have something there.

"Of course I'm not as business savvy as the others, but I know how to make money. The end result is what's on your bank statement."

The trained medic was project manager of team Apollo, which which failed to make the most profit after they committed to making an impossible order to a large London hotel.

Shibby admitted he had no experience at pitching, and that he was intimidated by female colleagues Vivanco and Laura Moore into overestimating what they could produce.

He said: "The thing is those two girls, I did feel slightly intimidated by them because they had experience in pitching.

"The only thing I've ever pitched before is a tent."

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