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Kevin O'Leary

Entrepreneur & Shark Tank Judge

He’s opinionated, he’s ruthless, he hungers for big deals and loves to take control, yet he made his millions helping children learn how to read. Kevin O’Leary is one of North America’s most successful entrepreneurs and is helping others realize their dreams through the hit TV shows, Shark Tank, Dragons’ Den and Redemption Inc, and his books on the Cold Hard Truth.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Cold Hard Truth
Kevin O’Leary, one of North America’s most successful entrepreneurs, reveals the secrets that made him rich, and shares his personal advice for readers from every walk of life. Kevin describes his incredible journey, from his sometimes difficult childhood to the way he built his first company, managed personal pressures, and ultimately achieved remarkable success. His advice is engaging and practical – and will help those who read it become the best entrepreneurs and business people that they can be. Topics cover business, money and life, including:  How to find your calling and turn your talents into a profitable venture; building a dream team; transforming adversity into opportunity and making and growing your business–and your money.

Lessons From a Dragon
Kevin O’Leary will take you on a behind the scenes look at his two hit shows, Dragons’ Den & Shark Tank. He customizes every presentation for his audience to bring unique business information to each event.  He’ll share entertaining and insightful outtakes from his TV shows – video’s you can’t see anywhere else, along with a current economic overview and how it relates to your industry, and finally he’ll be a ‘secret agent’ for your industry with insights into how your industry is performing, where the innovation is coming from and more. All based on a content review of your industry prior to the event.

An Evening with Kevin O’Leary
With candor and unmatched business smarts, Kevin O’Leary draws on his encyclopedic knowledge of finance, investing, economics and business to discuss a variety of topics. How, for instance, will the global recession affect a myriad of industries, including your own, and what can you do to protect your company, and come out stronger than ever? Razor sharp and quick on his feet, O’Leary pulls no punches in his enlightening and timely talks.

Summary Profile

“Capitalism creates freedom. I can think of no higher calling than that.”

Kevin O’Leary was born to a middle class family in 1954. The combination of O’Leary’s mother’s family heritage as merchants and his father’s Irish charisma truly meant that O’Leary was born for business. O’Leary learned most of his business intuition from his mother. She taught him key business and financial insights from an early age. These became O’Leary’s core philosophies, and the pillars upon which he would one day build his empire.

O’Leary’s approach to business went through major changes as a teenager. During his second day on the job at a local ice cream shop, his boss came into the front of the store where O’Leary was scooping ice cream. She looked at O’Leary and asked him to perform a task that he wasn’t expecting. What happened next had a profound effect on O’Leary – one that stayed with him for the rest of his life.

As a university student, O’Leary’s innate business sense led him along several different paths – including some very unusual, very entrepreneurial ways of making a profit.

Not long after he finished his MBA, O’Leary had a meeting that changed his life forever. He met a man who had a strange idea for a software product – an idea with huge, high-profit potential that O’Leary immediately recognized.

After years of ups, downs, sacrifices, challenges, and lessons learned — not to mention a critical phone call that nearly cost him everything — the opportunity that O’Leary saw eventually turned into a computer software giant that was acquired for more than $4 billion dollars.

After his extraordinary success at the software company he founded – and a difficult period of obstacles and legal disputes – O’Leary eventually found himself on television, quickly becoming a sought-after host and personality on a range of shows – including Discovery’sProject Earth, CBC’s Dragons’ Den and Lang & O’Leary Exchange, and ABC’s Shark Tank. O’Leary also founded O’Leary Funds, an investment fund company where he is Chairman. He is author of two best-selling books:  Cold Hard Truth on Business, Money & Life, and Cold, Hard Truth on Men, Women & Money. He also hosted Redemption Inc, along with CBC’s Dragons’ Den and continues on ABC’s Shark Tank. In 2014 Kevin moved from CBC to BNN, Canada AM and other Bell Media programs and properties