Luisa Zissman

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Luisa Zissman
Born Louisa Christina Kalozois
(1987-06-04) 4 June 1987 (age 31)
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England[1]
Occupation Entrepreneur, reality television contestant
Years active 2013–present
Television The Apprentice (2013)
Celebrity Big Brother 13 (2014)
Spouse(s) Oliver Zissman (m. 2009; div. 2014)
Andrew Collins (m. 2015)
Children 1

Luisa Christina Zissman[2] (born Louisa Christina Kalozois;[3] 4 June 1987[4]) is an English retail entrepreneur and reality television personality.[5] She was the runner-up on the ninth series of The Apprentice and appeared in Celebrity Big Brother 13.[6]

Early life and education

Zissman was born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire[7] to a Greek father[8] and educated at Northampton School for Girls.[9]

Career

Her first employment was at an estate agent on Saturdays[10] which she took at 16 to pay the upkeep costs for a horse her parents bought for her. One of her first post-school jobs was at Electronic Data Systems,[11] but she later stated that she decided to go into business due to disliking being employed and being told what to do.[7]

Based in St. Albans, Hertfordshire,[10] she owns her own baking website, eBay electronics business and cupcake shop – Dixie's Cupcakery, named after her daughter.[12][13] Although she claimed on several occasions that these three businesses have a net worth of £1.5 million,[14] The Independent valued the three businesses, all trading names of Boutique Trading Ltd of which Zissman is listed as director and company secretary, at £194.[2][15] They also noted that the eBay electronics store she owned was a "one-stop shop for several sellers, including electronics, baking and beauty products".[2]

Zissman came to public attention when she appeared on the ninth series of The Apprentice in 2013, where she was runner up.[6][16] On 23 July 2013, Zissman appeared on BBC Radio 1's Innuendo Bingo.[17] In November 2013 she launched her business, named Bakers Toolkit, at the Cake International Show.[18] Earlier, there had been some debate about whether the name should include an apostrophe.[19] She joined the thirteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother on 3 January 2014.[20][21] She finished fourth overall behind Jim Davidson, Dappy and Ollie Locke.[22] She has since appeared on Reality Bites.[23]

Personal life

She is divorced from her first husband, entrepreneur Oliver Zissman who co-founded Totally Fitness, a gym equipment rental business with his brother;[24] the couple have a daughter who was born in 2010.[25] While on Celebrity Big Brother, she revealed that she is bisexual, and had sought treatment for sex addiction.[26][27] Zissman married Irish businessman Andrew Collins in France in July 2015.[28]

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Paul Gallagher (17 July 2013). "The Apprentice Final 2013: Doubts cast over Luisa Zissman's business claims - News - TV & Radio". The Independent. Retrieved 5 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Elliot Zissman, director of Totally Fitness is a Young Gun 2007". ClickPress. Retrieved 6 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Hodgson, Claire (4 January 2014). "Luisa Zissman in Celebrity Big Brother 2014 line-up: Everything you need to know about this year's housemates". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 4 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  6. 6.0 6.1 "Apprentice runner-up Luisa Zissman enters Celebrity Big Brother house". St Albans & Harpenden Review. Retrieved 5 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  9. Sunday Times Money Section p10, 27 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013
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  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFtQRwyem-w
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  20. "Celebrity Big Brother 2014: Luisa Zissman perfacts her punching technique with Evander Holyfield". Metro UK. Retrieved 4 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "Luisa Zissman spent £1,000 on cosmetic treatments before entering Celebrity Big Brother". Daily Mail. Retrieved 10 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "Day 27". Celebrity Big Brother 13. Channel 5. Wednesday, 29 January. Check date values in: |=, |year= / |date= mismatch (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  25. "Luisa Zissman says estranged husband's mistress 'did her a favour'". Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  26. Nico Adams (7 January 2014). "Luisa Zissman: 9 things you should know about the bisexual Apprentice star on Celebrity Big Brother 2014 | Metro News". Metro. UK. Retrieved 15 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  27. "'Celebrity Big Brother' Star Luisa Zissman Reveals She Was Treated For Sex Addiction". Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 10 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  28. "Luisa Zissman shows off her wedding ring Macmillan Cancer event - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>