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CNBC Meets

CNBC Meets: John Caudwell

This episode of CNBC Meets is with the self-made billionaire, John Caudwell who built a mobile phone empire and founded Phones 4u, which he sold in 2006 for an estimated £1.5 billion.

In an exclusive interview with CNBC guest presenter Tania Bryer, Caudwell speaks about his poverty stricken childhood and how his first business ventures were failures.

Caudwell talks candidly about how he managed to build up his mobile phone distribution empire and the sacrifices he made along the way. He reveals what motivates him and his reasons for selling the business.

Join Caudwell's remarkable journey growing up on a council estate in Stoke-on-Trent, to Broughton Hall a huge Jacobean estate in Staffordshire where he now lives with his family. In never seen before footage, John revisits his old home, his schools and talks about the importance of philanthropy in his life. As one of Britain's important philanthropists he helps raise millions of pounds to help sick and disabled children.

With exclusive interviews with The Duchess of York and singer Peter Andre, we find out just how incredibly generous Caudwell is and how he gives back to make a real difference to people's lives.

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  • Showtimes

    EMEA (CET)

    Wednesday 25 February 23:00

    Saturday 28 February 23:30

    Sunday 01 March 18:30

    Wednesday 25 March 23:00

    Saturday 28 March 23:30

    Sunday 29 March 18:30

    Wednesday April 22 23:00

    Saturday April 25 23:30

    Sunday April 26 18:30

    Wednesday May 20 23:00

    Saturday May 23 23:30

    Sunday May 24 18:30


    CNBC World (EST)

    Saturday February 28 22:00

    Sunday March 01 16:30

    Saturday March 28 22:00

    Sunday March 29 16:30

    Saturday April 25 22:00

    Sunday April 26 16:30

    Saturday May 23 22:00

    Sunday May 24 16:30


    Asia (SIN/HK)

    Saturday 28 February 17:30

    Sunday 01 March 19:30

    Saturday March 28 17:30

    Sunday March 29 19:30

    Saturday April 25 17:30

    Sunday April 26 19:30

    Saturday May 23 17:30

    Sunday May 24 19:30


  • Tania Bryer is a guest presenter and executive producer of CNBC Meets. In this series, she profiles some of the world’s most successful business people to find out what makes them tick. Bryer previously worked for BBC and Sky Television.