At a Glance

Kevin O'Leary : Biography at a Glance

  • Kevin O'Leary can be seen on ABC's Shark Tank
  • His software company was acquired for more than $4 billion dollars
  • Launched O'Leary Funds, an investment fund company; O'Leary Fine Wines; and a best-selling book series on financial literacy
  • Founded O'Leary Financial Group in 2014, a group of brands and services that share Kevin's guiding principles of honesty, directness, convenience, and above all, great value
  • Also seen on Discovery's Project Earth and CBC's Dragons' Den



Kevin O’Leary is an Irish-Canadian businessman, author, and television personality who founded the software company Softkey (later known as The Learning Company), which was acquired by Mattel for over $4 billion.

Kevin has since launched venture capitalist company O’Leary Ventures, mutual fund company O’Leary Funds, O’Leary Fine Wines, and a best-selling book series on financial literacy. He can currently be seen as a shark on the Emmy Award-winning investment reality show "Shark Tank."

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

As a university student, Kevin’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, Kevin 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 Kevin 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 Kevin saw eventually turned into a computer software giant Softkey that was later acquired by Mattel for more than $4 billion dollars.

After his extraordinary success, Kevin eventually found himself on television, quickly becoming a sought-after host and personality on a range of shows–including Discovery’s "Project Earth," CBC’s "Dragons’ Den," and currently ABC’s wildly successful investment reality show "Shark Tank."

Kevin is the bestselling author of "Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life" and "Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women, and Money: 50 Common Money Mistakes and How to Fix Them," and other books.

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