By Max Clarke

James Caan has today announced that he is leaving the popular BBC programme to focus on his Private Equity company and philanthropic work with the James Caan Foundation.

His Twitter account, at around 10:30 this morning, announced “After 4 fantastic seasons, I have made the decision to step down from the panel of the much loved Dragons' Den”.

Born as Nazim Khan in Lahore, the Pakistani city of poets famed for its literary heritage, Caan moved to East London’s Brick lane when he was twelve and by 18 was working in recruitment- the industry in which he amassed his fortune.

His Dragons' Den persona was perhaps best captured by Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse in their eponymous sketch show, as the loveable James “yes we” Caan, whose positivity stood in stark contrast to more cynical members of the Den.

Aside from his Private Equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw- which was named the fastest growing firm of its kind globally, and Humana International- a specialist headhunting company, Caan owns and runs his charity the James Caan Foundation (JCF), and advises for government on a range of areas. He also is an ambassador of HRH Prince of Wales’ British Asian trust and has published books both about recruitment and also an autobiography entitled “My Story: From Brick lane to Dragons’ Den”.