Life after The Apprentice: Runner-up Thomas Gearing on his business ‘ Cult Wines’


With The Apprentice back on our screens and a new bunch of hopefuls looking to impress Lord Sugar, it leaves us wondering what the previous candidates are up to, and whether they managed to make their Entrepreneurial dreams a reality.

Here, we take a glimpse into the life of entrepreneur and apprentice runner-up, Thomas Gearing who, following on from his success on the show, is now co-founder and
Managing Director of the successful company, Cult Wines.

Tom Gearing appeared on popular BBC show, The Apprentice, back in 2012 where he slimly missed out on the £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar, when the business
mogul branded his idea “too risky” to take further, letting him drop to second place. Since his stint on the show, Tom has become increasingly more involved with his family business, Cult Wines Wine Investment and now heads up the company with his business partner and father, Phillip Gearing.

With over 15 years’ experience in fine wine, and as currently one of the UK’s largest fine wine investment companies, Wine Investment are clearly paving the way for emerging wine investment entrepreneurs.

Being a family based company means that passion and hard work are at the forefront of this business, with Tom working alongside his father, Phillip Gearing, to build on the company’s success. Phillip Gearing, Chairman of the company has spent over 20 years in investment banking and has transferred these skills into the wine investment industry.