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James Caan (formerly Nazam Khan) is a British entrepreneur. He is CEO of private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw and has been building and selling businesses since 1985. In October 2007, Caan joined the panel in the fifth series of Dragons' Den.
Having founded the Alexander Mann Group in 1985, a recruitment company with a turnover of £130m and operations in 50 countries, Caan sold the company in 2002.
Caan also co-founded executive head-hunting firm Humana International with his partner, Doug Bugie, growing the business to over 147 offices across 30 countries from 1993-1999.
In 2001 Caan was awarded the 'BT Enterprise of the Year' award for outstanding success in business and having already been a finalist in 2000 he was named PricewaterhouseCoopers 'Entrepreneur of the Year' 2003. That same year, having successfully graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, Caan also won the Entrepreneur category in the Asian Jewel Awards.
Setting up London-based Hamilton Bradshaw in 2004, the private equity company specialises in buyouts, venture capital, turnarounds and real estate investments and development opportunities in both the UK and Europe, investing up to £10 million in each individual transaction.
He enjoys skiing, tennis and snooker. Vintage cars are another passion. James gave himself a year off when he turned forty and learnt to fly aeroplanes and helicopters. He also took up sailing while between studies at Harvard Business School...