Robert Herjavec is a businessman, investor and TV personality known for his work on “Dragon’s Den”, “Shark Tank” and “Dancing with the Stars”. His net worth is $200 million.
Robert was born on September 14, 1962 in Croatia but migrated with his parents to Canada at the age of 8. Robert’s journey to the top is one of rags to riches. In a bid to flee Josip Broz Tito’s communist regime in the then Yugoslavia, his family left with just one suitcase and $20 and lived for 18 months in a family friend’s basement in Toronto. Living in Canada became very difficult as he could not speak English, Robert attended the University of Toronto and graduated in 1984 with a degree in English literature and Political Science.
Herjavec began his career in the film industry, after acting for a while, he went behind the camera as a director in a number of films including “Cain and Abel”, and “The Return of Billy Jack”. During the Winter Olympic games in 1984, Herjavec was one of the field producers, he received an honorary award for the youngest producers of the Olympic coverage.
While still working as a producer and director, Herjavec applied for an employment at Logiquest a company that sold IBM mainframe emulation boards, though under qualified for the job, he convinced the company to employ him with the conditions that he’ll work for 6 months without pay, during these periods he made money from working odd jobs like newspaper delivery, table waiter, collection agent and retail salesman.
Herjavec quickly grew in the company and later became its General manager. He was sacked in 1990. With his experience in the tech field, Herjavec became an entrepreneur and founded his first tech business BRAK Systems in his basement. The company was an integrator of internet security software. A decade later AT&T acquired the company for $30.2 million.
After a three-year hiatus to spend time with family he founded his second company Herjavec Group of which he is currently the CEO. The Herjavec Group (THG) is a security solutions integrator, reseller and managed service provider. Today, the company is Canada’s fastest-growing tech company and its largest IT security provider. As of 2013, the company grew from 3 employees to 150 employees. The company has made sales worth over $500 million realizing $150 million in annual sales. Herjavec and his company have received a number of awards for its high success rate. To keep the company’s business thriving, Herjavec has acquired several other tech companies. According to him, he hopes to build the company to a billion-dollar empire.
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Robert Herjavec is a Shark Tank investor in the ABC reality series Shark Tank where aspiring entrepreneurs air their business pitches in a bid to gain interest and eventually investments from already made entrepreneurs. He also appeared on the Canada version of the show “Dragon’s Den” which shows on CBS. Both shows have received acclaim and have a large fan-base. Herjavec was also a contestant on the 20th season of dance show “Dancing With The Stars”. He came 6th place with his partner Kym Johnson.
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Herjavec is the author of two books “Driven: How to Succeed in Business and in Life” and “The Will to Win”.
In 2015, he divorced from his wife of 25 years Diane Plese with whom he has three children. He is now engaged to his Dancing With The Stars partner Kym Johnson.
Herjavec is an avid runner golfer, car racer and collector, he competes in the Ferrari Challenge race. He owns a mansion in Toronto which he bought for $7.5 million including other vacation homes.