MARC THOMPSON was born in Bradford and left school aged 15. After turning his back on a violent, disreputable lifestyle, he went on to found a successful telecoms company, which he sold in 2005 for a multi-million pound sum.
Marc has since founded a new telecoms company, and lives near Leeds with his wife, Jo and two sons.
BARRY PURCELL lives in Wakefield, West Yorkshire with his wife Janet. They have three children. After leaving his factory job, Barry went on to found a chain of health clubs across Yorkshire. Today he is a director of the food business that was co-founded by his family in 2001, with award-winning products stocked in supermarkets across the UK.