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Apprentices from around the world

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We wouldn't trade Lord Sugar for 16 Donald Trumps. But we like the look of these oddballs on the hire, in global versions of The Apprentice.

INDIA

Sugar substitute: Bollywoodactor Cyrus Sahukar

This quite brilliantly shambolic show sadly never made a second series. A big shame, as tasks included spending 24 hours on the streets of Mumbai armed with just one rupee.

Catchphrase: N/A. Sahukar just silently hands losers a plane ticket home.

SOUTH AFRICA

Sugar substitute: Mining magnate Tokyo Sexwale

Sexwale did time with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island and took the name Tokyo due to his proficiency in karate. Sexwale came under heavy criticism for hiring both finalists at the climax of the 2005 series, sparking nationwide viewer complaints.

Catchphrase: “You’re dismissed!”

FINLAND

Sugar substitute: Wealthy sailorHarry Harkimo

The Finns started too friendly. Their first Alan (media guru Jari Sarasvuo) hired five candidates, including both finalists. Sarasvuo ended up stepping aside, with Harkimo, the chairman of the board of the Helsinki-based ice-hockey team Jokerit, taking over.

Catchphrase: “Olet vapautettu” (You are free to leave)

THE MIDDLE EAST

Sugar substitute: Former Portsmouth FC owner Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim Al-Fahim’s pan-nation Arabian

Apprentice was somehow won last year by Hannah Dodkin, a female plumber from Somerset. Perhaps Dodkin won because all of the shows’ tasks were “geared towards property development” (ie involved plumbing).

Catchphrase: “Impress me” (Contestants get a chance to come back)

BRAZIL

Sugar substitute: Marketing tycoon Roberto Justus

In the fourth series of O Aprendiz, instead of an apprenticeship at his advertising firm, Justus gave his winner money and a chance to run his new venture manufacturing car-cleaning hankies.

Catchphrase: “Voce esta demitido” (you're fired)

Main image: Rex

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