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How rich is Kevin O’Leary?

Name: Terence Thomas Kevin O’Leary

Born: Montreal, Quebec

Occupation: Entrepreneur, investor, television personality, writer and journalist

Kevin O'Leary, fair use
Kevin O’Leary, fair use

Kevin O’Leary was born on July 9, 1954 in Montreal, Quebec. He is the son of Terry O’Leary, a salesman, and Georgette Bookalam, a seamstress, entrepreneur and investor. He has one brother, Shane. Kevin’s mother would later remarry an economist for the United Nations International Labor Organization. His background varies from Irish to Lebanese.

Kevin attended Nepean High School in Ottawa and, after graduation, studied for two years at Royal Military College Saint-Jean. Kevin would then go to the University of Waterloo to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in pyschology and environmental studies. Later, he would garner his MBA in entrepreneurship from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.

Kevin has been married to his wife, Linda, since 1990. The couple has two children, Trevor and Savannah. The former is a music producer and disc jockey. The family presently resides in Boston and Montreal.

His business career started after he was fired from an ice cream parlor on his second day. He didn’t like the way she treated him and didn’t realize that someone would have that much control over him. So he vowed to be self-employed for the rest of his life, which has turned out successfully.

Kevin launched his own production company, which produced minor television shows, soccer films, sports documentaries and short in-between-period commercials for local NHL games. He would sell his share of the company and move on to establish SoftKey Software Products, which would buy The Learning Company. Mattel eventually bought the company for $4.2 billion. He would then invest in a variety of companies before co-founding O’Leary Funds Inc., a mutual fund firm focused on global yield investing.

He became a co-host of the Business News Network’s “SqueezePlay” and then a co-host for Discovery Channel’s “Discovery Project Earth.” Kevin would later serve as co-host for CBC’s “The Lang and O’Leary Exchange” and “Dragons’ Den” – he would also be a judge on the show “Shark Tank.” Kevin left the CBC in 2014 and joined BNN and Bell Media programs.

Outside of business and media, Kevin delved into writing and published his first book, “Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life” in 2011. He wrote a sequel entitled “The Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women, and Money: 50 Common Money Mistakes and How to Fix Them.”

There has been serious talk that Kevin is considering a run for the Conservative Party leadership. This began when he pledged to invest $1 million in Alberta if Premier Rachel Notley stepped down. The talk later amplified when he delivered a speech at a conference for the federal Conservatives in February 2016 called “If I Run, This is How.”

Kevin has been passionate about wine and started his own wine business. He’s also a passionate photographer and dabs in it from time to time.

We estimate that Kevin O’Leary’s net worth is $400 million (2015).

So how much is $400 million really?

$400 million can buy you dozens of vineyards all over the world and the ability to start your own label. $400 million can also buy you some of the greatest camera equipment in the world today. Lastly, $400 million can help cover the election costs to run for federal party leader in Canada.


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