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Piers Linney leaves Dragons' Den role after two years

By Shereen Low

Digital entrepreneur 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 made 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 and to have been the first Dragon with Afro-Caribbean heritage," he said.

His exit from Dragons' Den follows in the wake of the departure of Hoppen and Bannatyne, leaving Jones as the only remaining investor from the original series line-up.

Married father-of-two Linney - 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.

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