Who is The Apprentice's Mergim Butaja? 'I won't suck up to Lord Sugar '

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Mergim Butaja

''Why am I a worthy business partner for Lord Sugar? I'd be a challenge to him. Everyone he's met probably sucks up to him. I won't, I'll tell him like it is.''

The Apprentice 2015
Mergim Butaja

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Age: 23
Occupation: Sales Account Manager
Lives: Coventry

Who is he?

Kosovan-born Mergim fled from the war-torn country to the UK with his parents and siblings when he was seven years old. Since the age of 18, he has been supporting his family by working in a range of jobs from sales to waiting tables. He describes himself as "God's gift" and says: "I'm the bubbliest, happiest, most charming young fella you will ever meet." Mergim says his determined attitude is his biggest strength and hopes he will inspire people who have lived through similar circumstances to succeed. If you ask him to spell entrepreneur, he will reply: 'M-e-r-g-i-m."