Kevin O’Leary: Biography, Net Worth, Wife, Business

Kevin O’Leary also known as “Mr. Wonderful” is a Canadian businessman, television personality, investor and politician who gained fame through his appearance in the business reality TV series, “Shark Tank”. He had a prosperous business and financial career before he entered the world of television. He co-founded SoftKey Software Products, a technology company that eventually acquired ‘The Learning Company’, a leading educational software company, in 1999. The combined entity was then sold to Mattel for $4.2 billion.

Bio/Wiki

Other NamesMr. Wonderful
Uncle Kevin
Maple Man
BirthplaceMontreal, Quebec, Canada
NationalityCanada
United Arab Emirates
Ireland
Residence Miami Beach and Toronto
Date of birth9 July 1954
Age68 (as of 2023)
SchoolSt. George’s School
CollegeUniversity of Waterloo (1977)
Ivey Business School (1980)
Educational QualificationsBachelor’s degree in environmental studies and psychology from University of Waterloo (1977)
MBA in entrepreneurship from Ivey Business School (1980)
Occupation(s)Businessman
Investor
Journalist
Television personality
TV ShowsDiscovery Channel’s Discovery Project Earth (2008)
Redemption Inc. (2013)
Dragons’ Den (2014)
The Lang and O’Leary Exchange (2012-2015)
Shark Tank (2015-present)
BusinessesSoftkey (1986)
StorageNow Holdings (2003)
O’Leary Funds (2008)
O’Leary Ventures (2014)
O’Leary Fine Wines (2015)
O’Leary Capital (2017)
Net worth $400 Million
Political Parties Liberal (Before 2004)
Conservative (2004-Present)
Websitekevinoleary.com

Wife, Parents and Family

FatherTerry O’Leary
MotherGeorgette (née Bukalam)
Marital statusMarried
SpouseLinda O’Leary (1990)
ChildrenSavannah O’Leary
Trevor O’Leary
Sibling Shane O’Leary

Portfolio

  • McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) – 3.24%
  • T. Rowe Price Group (TROW) – 3.53%
  • Apple (AAPL) – 3.55%
  • Pfizer Inc. (PFE) – 3.59%
  • Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) – 3.76%
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – 3.94%
  • Merck & Company (MRK) – 3.96%

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Books written

Awards

  • Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours (2019)
  • Canada’s Most Admired CEOs by Waterstone Human Capital (2017)
  • Investor of the Year by Globe and Mail’s Report on Business (2015)
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Ontario, Canada (2011)
  • Canada’s Best Business Newsmaker of the Year by Canadian Business Magazine (2009)
  • Top 100 Most Powerful People in Canada by Canadian Business Magazine (2005)

Book Recommendations

Quotes

  • “Business is war. I go out there, I want to kill the competitors. I want to make their lives miserable. I want to steal their market share. I want them to fear me and I want everyone on my team thinking we’re going to win.”
  • “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.”
  • “Entrepreneurs are the backbone of capitalism.”
  • “Don’t cry about money; it never cries for you.”
  • “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.”

Less known facts

  • Before delving into the business world, O’Leary pursued a passion for music. He played the guitar in a band called “The Solids” during his college years.
  • O’Leary holds a Guinness World Record for the fastest time sailing around the world on a monohull sailboat. He achieved this feat in 2008 as part of a crew aboard the sailboat “SAP Extreme.”
  • Apart from his involvement in various businesses, O’Leary has also invested in real estate. He owns properties in various locations, including Toronto, New York City, and Geneva.
  • In 2017, Kevin O’Leary briefly ran as a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. However, he withdrew from the race before the party’s election, citing a lack of support in Quebec.
  • O’Leary is fluent in both English and French. He grew up in Montreal, Quebec, where French is widely spoken, and he conducted much of his early business in French-speaking Canada.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What companies does Kevin O Leary own?
Softkey, StorageNow Holdings, O’Leary Funds, O’Leary Ventures, O’Leary Fine Wines, O’Leary Capital. 

How did Kevin o leary become Mr Wonderful?
Kevin O’Leary got his nickname as Mr Wonderful by fellow judges and entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran in the first season of the shark tank when someone tried to sell a music publishing deal, and he proposed an aggressive deal of 51% to take control of the company.

What software did Kevin O Leary create?
Kevin O’ Leary didn’t create any software by himself, but he co-founded a software company called ‘SoftKey Software Products’ which specialise in development and distribution of educational and reference softwares.

Kevin O’Leary’s best shark tank investment?
His one of the best shark tank investments is his $75,000 investment in Boston-based baked goods company Wicked Good Cupcakes.

What is Kevin O’Leary net worth?
Currently, Kevin O’Leary net worth is $400 Million.

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