1. Kevin O'Leary: Introduction
  2. Kevin O'Leary: Early Life and Education
  3. Kevin O'Leary: Success Story
  4. Kevin O'Leary: Net Worth
  5. Kevin O'Leary: Famous or Infamous
  6. Kevin O'Leary: Most Influential Quotes

Kevin O'Leary is a Canadian television personality, businessman and investor. A brash public personality with a net worth of roughly $300 million, he is considered to be the Canada’s answer to Donald Trump.

O'Leary made the bulk of his fortune as the co-founder of SoftKey, a publisher and distributor of CD-ROM-based home computer software. He started SoftKey in 1986 out of his basement, with $10,000 in seed capital from his mother. It grew and acquired several competitors to become a major provider of family education and entertainment software, changing its name to The Learning Company. Toy-maker Mattel bought the company in 1999, at the height of the tech bubble, for roughly $4 billion.

Before SoftKey, O'Leary started his career at Nabisco Foods in the early 1980s. After successfully increasing the market share of Nabisco's biggest cat food brand, he set his sights on media. Special Event Television, which he co-founded after completing his MBA, was a moderately successful sports television production company.

Having risen to the upper echelons of Canadian business after the sale of his company to Mattel, O’Leary continued to invest in a wide array of ventures. He also began to appear regularly on Canadian television as a financial and political commentator.

In 2009, O’Leary was hired to play an investor on the American reality television show Shark Tank, a show on which entrepreneurs try to get famous investors to buy into their fledgling businesses. On the show, O’Leary is known for his blunt appraisals and colorful negotiations with contestants. In addition, O’Leary produced and hosted another reality television show, called Redemption Inc., on which ex-convicts compete to see which of them can come up with the best business idea. (See also: 5 Things Investors Can Learn from Shark Tank.)

O’Leary also started his own mutual fund management company, called O’Leary Funds, as well as his own beverage company, called O’Leary Fine Wines.

With a platform on Canadian television, he continued to increase his profile. In 2011, O'Leary’s first book, "Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life," was published.


Kevin O'Leary: Early Life and Education
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