Susan Ma is an Australian-Chinese businesswoman, known for her appearances on the seventh season of BBC television series The Apprentice in 2011.
1.1 2010–11: The Apprentice
1.2 2012–present: Tropic Skincare
2 Personal life
2010–11: The Apprentice
Ma was one of the final four contestants on the seventh season of The Apprentice but lost to winner as inventor Tom Pellereau.
Lord Sugar said: “After filming ends, I tell all the contestants to give me a call if they need me. At the You’re Hired show after The Apprentice final, I mentioned Susan as someone I’d be contacting in the future.”
2012–present: Tropic Skincare
On 18 March 2012, Tropic Skincare was launched as part of a 50/50 partnership between Ma and Alan Sugar. As of 2016, Tropic has made a turnover of over £7.5 million.
At the age of 15, in 2004, Ma began creating a Body Smooth product from her own home and began selling it at Greenwich Market in London. She attended Croydon High School for Girls from 2002 to 2007, and received 11 GCSEs of A* or A. Later, in 2007, she began attending University College London and graduated in 2010 with a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Economics.
Susie Ma won 3 Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2016, with a further 5 awards also won in 2017. In January 2018, Ma secured a spot on 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.