Before President Donald Trump entered the White House, the former businessman gained popularity hosting a pair of reality TV shows, “The Apprentice” and “The Celebrity Apprentice”.
Each show ran for seven seasons with Trump leading the way before he announced his plans to run for president. “The New Celebrity Apprentice” continued for one more season with former California Gov. and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger as the face of the show, but it was canceled after the season concluded.
In the early days, “Apprentice” contestants who didn’t hear “You’re fired!” from Trump got to work as an executive vice president of the Trump Organisation for a year.
It’s been 14 years since the show premiered on NBC. Here’s what all the winners of “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” are up to now.
‘The Apprentice’ Season 1: Bill Rancic
Rancic became a motivational speaker and a brand ambassador for Rogaine.
He has also hosted and appeared on several TV shows talking about entrepreneurship and has written four books, including a New York Times best-seller called “You’re Hired“.
Rancic is also a restaurant owner, philanthropist, and real estate developer.
He and his wife, E! host Giuliana Rancic, started an app called Pear to provide parents with answers to their questions and concerns about raising children.
‘The Apprentice’ Season 2: Kelly Perdew
Perdew now serves on the advisory board of The Code of Support Foundation, which provides assistance to members of the military and veterans.
He has been a life-long entrepreneur and is currently the CEO of Moonshots Capital, a hedge fund that invests in technology startups and companies started by veterans.
Perdew also serves on several other company boards, and frequently gives public speeches on leadership, technology, and career development.
‘The Apprentice’ Season 3: Kendra Todd
Todd currently operates her own realty group based in Seattle.
Realtor Magazine named her one of the Top 30 Under 30, and she once hosted a TV show called “My House Is Worth What?” on HGTV.
She has also written a best-selling book on creating wealth called “Risk & Grow Rich”.
‘The Apprentice’ Season 4: Randal Pinkett
Pinkett founded consulting firm BCT Partners.
Before that, he worked for GE, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Lucent Technologies, plus started four other business ventures. Pinkett is also a public speaker and has appeared on a variety of TV shows.
He wrote a book, and his writings have also appeared in many academic papers and articles. Lastly, Pinkett is actively involved in a wide variety of non-profits and foundations.
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‘The Apprentice’ Season 5: Sean Yazbeck
Yazbeck started his own telecommunications company called Wavsys. His company has appeared on Inc.’s list of “Fastest Growing Companies in America”.
The British government gave him Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2014. Yazbeck has also appeared on multiple TV shows and is actively involved with charity.
He has worked closely with the Voices for Children Foundation, which helps children who are in foster care and have been victims of abuse.
‘The Apprentice’ Season 6: Stefanie Schaeffer
Schaeffer has spent the majority of her professional career as a TV and YouTube host.
She was a correspondent for the TV Guide Channel and, with her background in law, hosted a web series called “Know Your Rights” to help people better understand the legal system.
Schaeffer is also a motivational speaker who gives talks on gaining success in business.
She wrote a book on achieving business success and is involved with charities that advocate for autism awareness, cancer research, and children’s issues.
‘The Apprentice’ Season 7: Brandy Kuentzel
Kuentzel returned to her legal roots and is now the general counsel and director of advocacy for the San Francisco SPCA, where she oversees all legal affairs and advocacy campaigns.
‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ Season 1: Piers Morgan
Television personality and journalist Piers Morgan hosted a primetime show on CNN for three years before returning home to the UK and becoming the host of a show called “Good Morning Britain” on ITV.
He’s also one of the 47 people Trump follows on Twitter.
‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ Season 2: Joan Rivers
Rivers continued her legendary comedic, acting, writing, and entrepreneurial career until she passed away at the age of 81 in 2014.
‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ Season 3: Bret Michaels
Michaels has continued his music and television career.
He has appeared in several reality TV shows, including VH1 hit “Rock of Love”, and is currently on tour across the US.
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‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ Season 4: John Rich
After a brief hiatus to pursue a solo career, Rich reunited with Big Kenny and the country music duo “Big & Rich” is back performing together.
‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ Season 5: Arsenio Hall
Hall tried to revive his popular 1990s and talk show, but CBS canceled it after one season.
Nowadays, he’s travelling around the country doing stand-up comedy.
‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ Season 6: Trace Adkins
After losing in his first appearance on the show, Adkins returned for “The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” and came out on top.
The country star has continued his music career and is currently on tour.
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‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ Season 7: Leeza Gibbons
Gibbons has continued her television career by appearing in and producing a number of daytime shows.
She now hosts the Rose Parade and has written two books, including a New York Times bestseller.
Gibbons is also an advocate for Alzheimer’s awareness and created the nonprofit Leeza’s Care Connection.
‘The New Celebrity Apprentice’ Season 1: Matt Iseman
In the final season of the reality show, hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, comedian, actor, and TV host Matt Iseman came out on top.
Iseman can now be seen as the host of “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC.
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