Robert Herjavec is a Canadian businessman, investor and TV personality known for his work on “Dragon’s Den”, “Shark Tank” and “Dancing with the Stars”.
His wealth is estimated to be in hundreds of millions and here, you will find all you need to know about his wealth, wife, daughter, house, cars, divorce and of course his wiki which we will start with.
How He Began
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 such you’d describe with the rags to riches aphorism. 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. Nonetheless, Robert later 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 “The Return of Billy Jack” and “Cain and Abel”. During the Winter Olympic games in 1984, Herjavec was one of the field producers. He received an honorary award as 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 table waiter, collection agent, retail salesman and newspaper delivery man.
Herjavec quickly grew in the company and later became its General manager. After being sacked in 1990, he 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.
More Business Successes
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 into a billion-dollar empire.
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Robert As A Shark Tank Investor
Robert Herjavec is an 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 airs 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 with his partner Kym Johnson
Herjavec is the author of two books – “The Will to Win” and “Driven: How to Succeed in Business and in Life”.
Details Of His Wife, Daughter, and Divorce
In early 2016, he divorced his wife of 25 years, Diane Plese, with whom he had three children in the course of their once harmonious union. They had two daughters named Caprice and Skye, in addition to a son named Brendan. Brendan is the oldest of the three siblings.
The three kids have successfully avoided attracting media attention to themselves. They live as if they do not exist and are kids of an ordinary person. The reason for this is not known, however, such is typical of a good number of celebrity kids.
Nevertheless, one of the daughters, Caprice seems to be taking the path of acting. She has three acting credits for television movies she featured in. The movies came out in 2008, 2009 and 2013. Earlier in 2012, Caprice Herjavec was a one day Mayor of Toronto, Canada. She was 14 years then and the honour was for being an exceptional national level competitive swimmer.
Robert Herjavec is in love with his Dancing With The Stars partner, Kym Johnson whom he met in 2015. Their engagement was made public on 27th February 2016. A few months later, precisely on 31st July, they got married in Los Angeles, California.
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What About His Net Worth, House and Cars?
Robert Herjavec owns a mansion in Bridle Path, Toronto where he lives with his wife. The man paid about $7.5 million to own the large dwelling home. Apart from this, he has many other vacation homes scattered all over the state.
Herjavec is an avid runner, golfer, car racer and collector. He competes in the Ferrari Challenge Race. In 2011, he competed as #007 for the Herjavec Group Racing team in the North American Ferrari Challenge Series where he favourably won the Rookie of the Year title. He won both races at the season opener in St. Petersburg and Florida.
Robert first learnt how to drive with Chevy Caprice station wagon. When he could afford to own a car, he bought a Mazda RX-7. Today, while he drives a 2014 Land Rover Range Rover he has other favourite cars including Ferrari LaFerrari and Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.