Ruth Badger voted as the best Apprentice contestant ever

The best Apprentice contestant that ever was or ever will be. A supernaturally talented hustler, the Wolverhampton management exec could clear a car park of its cars – she did, just about, flogging six secondhand motors during a task midway through series two. The tragedy was that Badger didn’t win the show that year, pipped by dreary Michelle after a final task that involved staging a corporate jolly inside Tower Bridge. It was the first of many inexplicable final boardroom decisions by Sir Alan (Lee over Claire in series four, Yasmina over Kate in five) but remains the one that rankles the most.