MARY Portas has established herself as the undisputed Queen of Shops thanks to a series of exposing documentaries and best-selling books.
But who is Mary when she’s not educating the nation on retail disasters? Here’s the lowdown…
Who is Mary Portas and what’s her net worth?
Mary Portas was born in Watford on 28 May 1960.
She turned down a place at the prestigious Rotal Academy of Dramatic Art following the death of her parents.
One of Mary’s first high profile jobs was window dressing for luxury department stores including Harrods and Harvey Nichols.
After appearing on Channel 4’s Richard & Judy chat show in 2005, Mary has frequently appeared on primetime television and landed lucrative deals across books, TV and private engagements.
Though her net worth is not known, Mary has registered several companies with details available online. These companies include Portas Agency, a communications group that’s worked with brands including New Look, Homebase, Matalan and Liberty.
What TV shows has Mary Portas presented?
Mary has found fame and success with a string of popular TV projects.
Mary Queen of Shops ran for four series on the BBC between 2007 to 2010 before the personality jumped over to Channel 4 with Mary Portas: Secret Shopper which followed a similar format.
In most of her TV work, Mary visits both independent and high street chain stores in a bid to turnaround their fortunes with her expert advice.
Mary stepped into the world of reality TV with Hotel GB in 2012 where she stared opposite Gordon Ramsay as a co-manager of a fictional hotel.
In October 2017, Mary presented a Channel 4 documentary that looked into the history of Barbie dolls.
What are Mary’s Living and Giving shops?
Mary set up a string of charity shops in partnership with Save the Children in 2009.
Described as “charity shops with a difference” they feature a selection of high street to high end pieces for savvy shoppers.
Locations of Mary’s Living and Giving shops include Fulham, Hampstead, Wandsworth, Islington, Chiswick, Primrose Hill, Stoke Newington and Bermondsey.
What books has Mary Portas published?
Mary’s first book, Windows: The Art of Retail Display, was published in 1999 and she followed this up in 2007 with a second book, How to Shop with Mary, Queen of Shops, which accompanied the BBC TV show of the same name.
In 2015, Mary published her autobiography, Shop Girl. The memoirs detailed stories from Mary’s childhood including accidentally setting fire to the local school and eating dog food for a bet.
Is Mary Portas married and does she have children?
Mary and wife Melanie Rickey welcomed their son Horatio in 2012.
The retail expert has two other children, son Mylo and daughter Verity from her 14-year marriage to chemical engineer Graham Portas.
Mary and Melanie live in London’s desirable Primrose Hill neighbourhood.