Who is Jeff Wan? The Apprentice 2017 contestant – what you need to know

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THE APPRENTICE is back for another year and it’s brought with it another batch of delightfully obnoxious candidates.

Among the latest intake of 18 ambitious businessmen and women is Jeff Wan. Here’s all we know about Lord Sugar’s new candidate…

 Jeff Wan is one of the latest candidates to join Lord Sugar in the famous boardroom

Jeff Wan is one of the latest candidates to join Lord Sugar in the famous boardroom

Who is Jeff Wan and what’s his background?

Jeff was born and raised in Hong Kong but moved to Canada to go to University of Waterloo in Ontario and study Mathematics.

Then then hopped across the pond to get his Master’s degree in Operational Research and Finance (your guess is as good as mine…) from Southampton uni.

On his LinkedIn account Jeff claims to have spent “his life in different parts of the world” and describes himself as a “diverse and multicultural individual”.

The international chap also speaks three languages; Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

After graduating Jeff went on to work for city giants K.P.M.G. and then J.P. Morgan as an associate.

Jeff said he hopes to “succeed in business and build a legacy”, he’s also expressed admiration for Lord Sugar’s empire and has been a fan of The Apprentice since he was a teenager.

 In his spare time Jeff likes to break dance and has even performed on stage at the O2

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In his spare time Jeff likes to break dance and has even performed on stage at the O2

He said: “I bring character, charm and swagger to the table. Coupled with my professional and educational experience, I am sure I will be able to separate myself from the rest.”

Doesn’t seem too obnoxious. Oh no wait. He also said this: “I’m going to throw people under the bus and I’m going to get on the bus, take the wheel and get that investment.”

What does Jeff Wan like to do in his spare time?

You may be surprised to hear that Jeff likes to cut some shapes.

More than just a casual hobby Jeff is actually a semi-pro hip-hop dancer.

The dedicated dancer has trained several times a week for the past 10 years and has even performed on stage at the O2 arena.

He was, unsurprisingly, a member of University of Waterloo Breakers society at college and also follows a number of London-based dance groups.

Hopefully he’ll be able to shimmy his way into Lord Sugar’s heart.

 The Apprentice Series 13 contestants (L-R) James White, Ross Fretten, Jeff Wan, Andrew Brady, Jade English, Sarah Lynn, Charles Burns, Bushra Shaikh, Sarah-Jayne Clark, Michaela Wain, Siobhan Smith, Joanna Jarjue, Anisa Topan, Elliot Van Emden, Elizabeth McKenna, Sajan Shah, Danny Grant, Harrison Jones

The Apprentice Series 13 contestants (L-R) James White, Ross Fretten, Jeff Wan, Andrew Brady, Jade English, Sarah Lynn, Charles Burns, Bushra Shaikh, Sarah-Jayne Clark, Michaela Wain, Siobhan Smith, Joanna Jarjue, Anisa Topan, Elliot Van Emden, Elizabeth McKenna, Sajan Shah, Danny Grant, Harrison Jones

What is The Apprentice and when is on BBC One?

The Apprentice is a hit BBC reality show, now about to enter its thirteenth series, featuring hour-long episodes.

It starts tomorrow (Monday, October 4) and airs at the same time as The Detectives: Murder On The Streets on BBC Two, Doc Martin on ITV and Grand Designs on Channel 4.

Each series of the programme aims to find a new apprentice for billionaire business mogul and Amstrad founder Lord Alan Sugar, who’s worth £1.4bn.

It aims to recreate the toughest of business environments and tasks for its set of contestants, but it is often very funny due to the incompetence and arrogance of the competitors.

The show began in 2005 and has a US equivalent that kicked off in 2004, with Donald Trump in Lord Alan’s equivalent role.

There are celebrity and junior versions of the UK show, too.

After returning on October 4, The Apprentice is on every Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One.

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