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Anne shows the way for women who want to be a success at work

It's easy to dismiss a woman with balls as an 'alpha female' but I personally think that Anne Robinson should be considered a poster girl for modern females.

She's been loaded, in the alcoholic sense of that term, she then beat the booze and at 66 is now loaded in a whole different manner as she is one of the best-paid women on TV.

She's also very honest about how she finds it difficult to find a lasting relationship at this point in her life as most of the contenders simply cannot meet her expectations. The twice-divorced presenter thinks it's "too hard" for independent older women to meet a partner to match them.

"I'm not going to marry a third time. It is just not necessary. It is quite hard at my age to find someone that punches at your weight," she said in a recent interview. "I am dating, but it is hard to find someone quick enough and funny enough. I am quite demanding."

I love that she does not care what people think of her and that a woman operating successfully in a man's world has such chutzpah -- and, of course, her independent wealth is a great insulator.

Robinson's immense success in later life, coupled with her mega-bucks fortune from TV deals and her age make her a rarity in TV-land.

And I'd bet my house that I am not alone in admiring her no-nonsense take on modern relationships. Gone are the days when women had to marry for status and money.

Plus she's not greedy as Robinson gave her second husband a £20m settlement, a third of her estimated fortune, when they divorced.

She also recently agreed to take a 50pc pay cut to stay at the BBC -- but will still earn £2m over two years. Apparently executives were desperate to keep her, having come under fire for failing to employ enough women over 50. Robinson is a one-woman trend-bucking machine!

When she spoke out to say that women may have successful careers but are held back because they are afraid to stand up for themselves, I just thought 'Go Annie!'

Women are so often criticised for acting or thinking like a man in the work place and that's out of order -- it's a man's world, so emulating blokes can only do more good than harm.

"I despair of women in the workplace who don't accept that it can be a treacherous place and so don't handle themselves well," she said.

"They have got to be ready to say to someone, 'Just stop, don't speak to me that way'. Instead they end up crying in the loos. I would give classes to clever women on how to handle themselves in work -- because a lot can't."

I'm not nearly as qualified as Anne when it comes to giving classes on how to survive in the workplace -- but not crying is a pretty good start.