René Carayol

René Carayol MBE (born 10 September 1958) is a broadcaster and author.[1][2]

René Carayol
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Born(1958-09-10)10 September 1958
OccupationMotivational speaker, author

He presented the BBC series Did They Pay Off Their Mortgage in Two Years? and is the author of SPIKE - What Are You Great At and Corporate Voodoo.

Background and careerEdit

Born in The Gambia, the son of a diplomat, he was raised in the UK and now lives in London.

Carayol stated in Black Success Stories [3] that Alex Haley's historic novel, Roots, was based on Carayol family records.


As an author he has produced three books - SPIKE - What Are You Great At, Corporate Voodoo[4] in 2001 (now in its third edition) and the sequel, My Voodoo[5] in 2002. René has been a regular broadsheet columnist, and columnist writer for The Sunday Telegraph supplement Business Reporter.


Carayol's television and radio career has seen him become a regular voice on BBC Radio 5 Live and present the critically acclaimed Channel 4 film The Man From The Met,[6] on the challenges facing Sir John Stevens at the helm of the Metropolitan Police. He is also a press reviewer on Sky Breakfast News and has been an expert witness on Mind of a Millionaire.[7]

Carayol is the presenter of BBC2's business program, Pay Off Your Mortgage In Two Years [8], which was shown in January and February 2006. The follow-up series Did They Pay Off Their Mortgage in Two Years? [9] began airing in January 2007.

He also presented The Money Programme special "The Fall of BP's Sun King" [10] in October 2007, investigating the real cause of Lord John Browne's resignation from BP.


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  3. ^ Zhana (2006). Black Success Stories Volume 1: Celebrating People of African Heritage: v. 1. Zhana Books. ISBN 9780952555834.
  4. ^ Carayol, David Firth & René (2001). Corporate voodoo : business principals for mavericks and magicians. Oxford: Capstone. ISBN 978-1-84112-157-4.
  5. ^ Carayol, René; Firth, David (2002). My Voodoo : a practical guide to unleashing the magic in you and your work. Oxford: Capstone. ISBN 9781841120102.
  6. ^ "Curtis Brown".
  7. ^ "Mind of a Millionaire". 7 October 2003 – via IMDb.
  8. ^ "BBC Two - Did They Pay Off Their Mortgage in Two Years?, Series 1". BBC.
  9. ^ "BBC Two - Did They Pay Off Their Mortgage in Two Years?". BBC.
  10. ^ "BBC Two - Money Programme, The Fall of BP's Sun King". BBC.

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