"I absolutely could have won Series 16"
Harry Mahmood has explained why he does not need or want Lord Sugar’s £250,000 should the opportunity arise again.
The entrepreneur appeared on series 16 of The Apprentice but was fired first for being “disruptive”.
A year after appearing on the show, Harry has been shaking up the business world and does not need Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment to do it.
Before going on The Apprentice, Harry described himself as the “Asian version of Lord Sugar” and hoped they could become the “bad boys of the bath bomb world”.
But he has since changed career paths and has ventured into space technology with a team that works closely with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Harry said: “A good friend of mine asked me to join him starting up a space technology company and it’s been great – it’s growing massively.
“We’ve got a NASA former chief scientists on the team and a board of directors that work with Jeff Bezos. It’s the crème de la crème of the space industry.”
After being fired first, Harry felt like he had a “point to prove”.
He said: “I was gutted to leave so early. I wasn’t given the opportunity to be project manager or sub-team leader. It was nonsense that I was disruptive.
“It was unfair that Lord Sugar didn’t give me a chance. It’s mandatory that someone has to go first but it shouldn’t have been me.
“I absolutely could have won Series 16, 100 per cent I would have gone the whole way.
“No one got to know my personality or character, it’s a shame.
“I think they fired me because they knew it would leave a shocking impact. It was a good plot twist to not fire the PM.”
Harry explained that viewers do not know how long the interview and audition process is. He said he found his one-week stint incredibly short.
He told the Mirror: “Fans also don’t realise how heavily edited the show is.
“It’s funny how they edit you to follow a narrative and the audience play along.
“It wasn’t what I expected. It’s not a business show or real life, it’s more like reality TV to influence and entertain people.”
Over the past year, Harry Mahmood has realised that he does not need Lord Sugar to be a success and no longer seeks his validation.
“I definitely wouldn’t be Lord Sugar’s business partner now if the opportunity came up. I think the only thing the show is good for is exposure.
“He is a great no-nonsense mentor and tells you straight as it is, but you can raise £250,000 investment without him.
“I’ve got established awards, I’ve received honours from the Queen and I don’t rely on other people’s validation in life.”