David Chilton New Dragon On Dragons’ Den

Author and creator of "Wealthy Barber" series will join the CBC show.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Following the departure of Robert Herjavec from the popular CBC series "Dragons' Den" last week was a calling for new dragons to audition, and now David Chilton, the author and creator of the successful "Wealthy Barber" series of personal finance books, will be taking his place.

“David Chilton embodies Canadian entrepreneurial success, and through his terrific books he has shared his financial advice for the benefit of everyone,” said Julie Bristow, executive director of studio and unscripted programming, in an official press release. “We can’t wait to hear the insights he offers to those entering the 'Dragons' Den' this season.”

Chilton, whose full name is David Barr Chilton, was born in Sarnia, Ontario and is an economics graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University. In 1989, he released "The Wealthy Barber" – the self-published title was a massive success and went on to sell an astonishing two million copies across the country and abroad. Then last year he released the follow-up to the 80s bestseller "The Wealthy Barber Returns." Over the years, he also helped to publish the bestselling cookbooks "Looneyspoons," "Crazy Plates," and "Eat, Shrink & Be Merry!" in collaboration with authors (and sisters) Janet and Greta Podleski. A frequent guest on national TV and radio shows, and a much sought-after speaker across Canada and the world over, Chilton currently lives just outside Waterloo, Ontario.

The seventh season of "Dragons' Den" kicks off this September with Chilton, who will be joining dragon mainstays Bruce Croxon, Arlene Dickinson, Kevin O'Leary, and Jim Treliving. It airs on CBC.