Reality television has been nothing short of a revolution in our generation. Now, I know there is a load of useless stuff on TV, but shows, like ‘Shark Tank’ really help change people’s lives. What’s more? Eminent business personalities, like Kevin O’Leary, not only become a medium for change but also inspire the youth to take charge of their own lives.
Don’t know who Kevin is? Well, you gotta know “Mr. Wonderful,” as he is fondly called. He is best known as an entrepreneur, TV celeb, and writer. He is the co-founder of a software company, Softkey International. He is a regular TV personality in Canada having appeared in a number of reality shows and business-centered news shows, like ‘The Lang and O’Leary Exchange’ and ‘SqueezePlay’. Here is a quick summary of the net worth, career and earnings of Kevin O’Leary in 2019.
Early Life & Biography:
Kevin O’Leary was born on 9 July 1954 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His father, Terry O’Leary was Irish and mother, Georgette O’Leary was of Lebanese origin. His father’s alcoholism led to his parents’ divorce when he was quite young. Following the demise of his father, his mother overtook the business. Later she got married to George Kanwaty, an economist working for the UN’s International Labour Organization.
While growing up, Kevin O’Leary lived in many places due to his father’s global projects. He also has a brother named Shane O’Leary. Kevin O’Leary wanted to become a photographer but while attending University he became increasingly inclined towards business because of his stepfather’s advice.
He went to Waterloo and received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and psychology in 1977. In 1980, he completed his MBA in entrepreneurship from Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario.
Kevin O’Leary was married to Linda O’Leary in 1990. The couple decided to go in for divorce in 2011 but patched things up 2 years later. The couple has also given birth to 2 children.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Kevin O’Leary with his two friends established an independent TV company Special Event Television which produces sports programs. The company was very successful, but after a while, Kevin sold his ownership to one of his two friends. In 1986, he started his own software company, Softkey. The company made a considerable profit. After gaining success with the business, he started one more venture in 1995, called “The Learning Company” and later changed Softkey to The Learning Company.
He has also been a successful author with books, like ‘Space Corp. Special Forces I the darkness of History’ and ‘Cold Hard Truth’ to his credit.
Net Worth & Earnings:
As of 2018, The total estimated net worth of Kevin O’Leary to date is $450 million. He earned most of his wealth from his company, ‘Softkey,’ and ‘The Learning Company.’ Apart from this, he also earns from his TV shows and books. Kevin O’Leary launched ETF through O’shares Investment, a division of his investment fund, O’ Leary Funds management Lp, where O’Leary serves as chairman.
The car he maintains is Porsche which he bought as part of the ‘decade of Daddy.’ This considerable worth has given him a luxurious and comfortable life. Kevin O’Leary is also a lifelong photographer, and the amount he earns from his exhibitions and by selling prints of his photographs is donated to charity.
From businessman to an author, Kevin O’Leary has inspired a generation with his books that are written to equip many young entrepreneurs in terms of financial education. Apart from this, he is also famous for his reality television shows and has appeared in Discovery channel’s ‘Project Earth’ which is liked by millions of people.