Steven Bartlett is a renowned entrepreneur known for founding Social Chain and the podcast host of The Diary of a CEO. As the newest addition to Dragon’s Den, fans of the show are curious about Bartlett’s background and his wealth. As of 2023, Steven Bartlett has a net worth of £68 million.
Steven was born on August 26, 1992 in Botswana, Africa. When he was two years old his family relocated to Plymouth, England. Bartlett’s mother was a serial entrepreneur but all of her businesses failed. As a result, the family struggled financially.
He attended a business course at Manchester Metropolitan University. While still at college, he started a business called Wallpark, an online messaging board.
The platform connected students in the same area based on mutual interests. Wallpark lets users advertise and sell products but it didn’t achieve much success. Not long after starting Wallpark, Steven dropped out of school.
After leaving college, Steven met Dominic McGregor, who later became his business partner. In 2014, The two paired up to establish Social Chain, a social media marketing agency.
The firm quickly rose to become Europe’s fastest-growing social media company, with a reach of over 200 million users on various platforms. Social Chain also has blue chip clients such as the BBC, McDonald’s, and Apple.
Bartlett started the company at 22-years-old and by 27 he was a multi-millionaire. Social Chain merged with a German company called Lumaland in 2019 and went public on two German stock exchanges. When they went public, Social Chain was valued at over £300 million!
Steven left the company in December 2020 to focus on other ventures. He founded the investment firm Catena Capital and created the talent platform, Flight Story. As of 2023, Social Chain is worth around £64 million as the share price has sold off heavily in 2022.
While serving as the CEO of Social Chain, Steven Bartlett launched a podcast called ‘The Diary of a CEO’ in 2017. Five years later and it’s now one of the top podcasts in Europe. As the podcast has grown, it’s helped him attract more high celebrities and has interviewed the likes of Matt Hancock, Liam Payne, and Jordan Peterson.
Steven’s television debut took place on Channel 4’s The Secret Teacher, where he played an undercover role. In 2021, he got the opportunity to join the cast of BBC’s Dragon’s Den. The 30 year-old is the youngest Dragon to feature on the show.
He also went on to publish a book in 2021 – ‘Happy Sexy Millionaire: Unexpected Truths about Fulfilment, Love and Success’. The book is now a Sunday Times bestseller.
Net Worth and Earnings
Social Chain was where Barlett made his fortune and will probably be his biggest financial success. With his new found wealth, he’s begun investing in startups. His investment in Huel helped him get included in the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.
In 2021, he made $1.2 million from his podcast alone. That figure is projected to double in the coming years. The podcast’s YouTube channel has amassed 891,000 subscribers. This is why his fortune is estimated to be £68 million.
Bartlett is in a relationship with Melanie Vaz Lopes. They’ve broken up in the past, but Steven won her back in 2022. Lopes runs a beauty and wellbeing business. On Instagram, she has around 117,000 followers.