“Shark” on ABC's Shark Tank | Journalist and Television Personality | Chairman of O'Leary Funds
He’s opinionated and ruthless, and he hungers for big deals. Yet he made millions helping children learn how to read. Nothing if not a polarizing force, Kevin O’Leary pulls no punches when it comes to the good, the bad, and the ugly as it pertains to markets and economic opportunities. A judge on Shark Tank and a contributor to CTV, as well as the author of the two bestselling books, Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life and Cold Hard Truth on Men, Women, and Money. O’Leary is also previously well-known as the former co-host of The Lang & O’Leary Exchange and as a former panellist on the wildly popular program, Dragons’ Den.
O’Leary’s inescapable reputation has been built upon his entrepreneurial vision, investment smarts, and drive to succeed. In 1986, he co-founded SoftKey Software Products and, by the late 1990s, SoftKey had acquired numerous competitor companies, including Compton’s New Media, The Learning Company, Mindscape, and Broderbund. In 1999, the company was sold to the Mattel Toy Company for $3.7 billion—one of the largest deals ever struck in the consumer-software industry.
As a self-proclaimed “eco-preneur,” O’Leary’s focus is on investments that are environmentally friendly, but that also make money (of course). He is the founding investor and director of Stream Global, and he owns and operates both O’Leary Funds, and O’Leary Fine Wines. He is on the advisory board of Genstar Capital LLC; on the executive board of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario; a member of the investment committee of Boston’s Hamilton Trust; and an investor and director of EnGlobe.