Kevin O’Leary Net Worth: From Shark Tank to Fortune!

Terry Thomas Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary, is a Canadian businessman, television personality, investor, and author.

He is the co-founder and former co-host of the reality TV show Shark Tank, as well as a co-host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) program Dragon’s Den. He also founded and serves as chairman of the O’Leary Funds and the O’Leary Foundation.

He is well-known for his criticism of government expenditures and regulations, as well as his stringent business and investing practices.

Kevin O’Leary Early Life

On July 9, 1954, Terence Thomas Kevin O’Leary was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His father is Irish, while his mother is of Lebanese ancestry. O’Leary also has citizenship and a passport from Ireland as a result of his paternal ancestry.

O’Leary’s mother wed economist Gorge Kanawaty following his parents’ divorce and his father passed away shortly after. O’Leary grew up around the world as a result of his stepfather’s employment with the UN’s International Labour Organization, residing in places including Cyprus, Tunisia, and Cambodia.

Kevin O'Leary Net Worth

His mother was an expert investor and passed down a lot of her knowledge to him, including the advice to always set aside one-third of his income.

O’Leary decided to attend university at the suggestion of his stepfather rather than following his early goals of becoming a photographer.

He continued to grow interested in business and investment while attending school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1977 from the University of Waterloo and an MBA in 1980 from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.

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Kevin O’Leary’s Net Worth

Kevin O’Leary’s net worth is predicted to be $400 million as of January 2023. He has a diverse investment portfolio that includes mutual funds, venture capital, cryptocurrency, and hobbies like contemporary art and vintage guitars.

Kevin O’Leary Career

O’Leary started his career by living in the US and Cambodia, where his stepfather worked for the UN and was a student. He obtained an MBA in addition to his environmental studies bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo in 1977.

Before he graduated, he worked as an intern at Nabisco. After successfully completing his internship, he started working there as an assistant brand manager. O’Leary attributed his eventual financial success in business to the marketing abilities he acquired while working at Nabisco.

O’Leary co-founded SoftKey International, a software company, in 1983. The corporation purchased many educational software makers and was regarded as one of Canada’s fastest-growing businesses.

Mattel, an American toymaker, purchased the company in 1999 for more than $3 billion. Mattel found the transaction to be extremely unprofitable, and O’Leary quickly left the firm. He established the O’Leary Funds mutual fund in 2008, which he later sold in 2016.

In 2006, O’Leary began his meteoric journey to prominence. He was on a panel of venture capitalists that evaluated prospective entrepreneurs for the reality show “Dragons Den.”

O’Leary played the same role on ‘Shark Tank’ in 2009, which was a significant break for him in his career. He also provided commentary for the Canadian television network Business News Network.

O’Leary launched his candidacy for the Conservative Party of Canada leader in 2017. Some commentators compared him to US President Donald Trump. He immediately became a front-runner, though, and withdrew from the race in April. He claimed that he would not be able to win the general election in 2019.

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