Facts about Kevin O’Leary

  • Mattel purchased Kevin O’Leary’s “The Learning Company” for $3.8 Billion, however Kevin O’Leary earned only $11 Million from the sale. The majority of the earnings were repeated by Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital, which had provided funding for the company.
  • Kevin O’Leary’s father was Irish, while his mother was Lebanese.
  • Kevin was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on July 9th, 1954.
  • He first attended the University of Waterloo and obtained a degree in environmental studies and Psychology. He later attended to the Richard Ivey School of Business and earned an MBA, at the University of Western Ontario.
  • Kevin O’Leary currently appears on 3 television shows: Dragon’s Den Canada, Shark Tank and The Lang and O’Leary Exchange. Both of the Canadian shows appear on CBC.


  • Redemption Inc. did not achieve the success of O’Leary’s other shows and was not renewed after its first season. The show’s viewership reached its peak during the pilot episode at 789,000 viewers. By mid season this had dropped to a mere 438,000 viewers and recovered slightly for the finale.
  • Out of the current Dragon’s on Dragon’s Den, Kevin has invested in the fewest number of ventures. While it appears that he is just cheap and not willing to pay a reasonable value, it is more likely that he doesn’t have the time to manage such a diverse array of ventures, and thus chooses to invest only in the ones which require the least amount of attention.
  • His “Storage Now” venture has been ripe with controversy.
  • O’Leary Funds is Kevin’s most profitable venture, however it has seen its share of controversy. O’Leary has always advised against purchasing mutual funds, therefore the creation of a mutual fund seemed a bit hypocritical. While the fund originally performed well, the returns have wavered in recent years.
  • O’Leary loves guitars and is quite talented.
  • In 2010, O’Leary was forced to apologize after using the derogatory term “Indian Giver” on the Lang and O’Leary Exchange.
  • In 2011, O’Leary insulted journalist Chris Hedges by calling him a “left wing nutbar.” He has never apologized for the insult, despite numerous complaints from left wing groups.
  • Critics claim that O’Leary endorses tax evasion because of comments he made regarding paying a landlord in cash.