Terence Thomas Kevin O’Leary (born July 9, 1954) is a Canadian entrepreneur, politician, author, and reality TV show.
He is the co-founder of Softkey Software Products, a tech firm that sells software tailored for family education and entertainment. He has worked as a presenter for leading shows like Dragons’ Den and Redemption Inc.
In 2017, he contested for the post of the leader of the Conservative Party Of Canada but dropped out of the race before the election.
|Wiki Facts & About Data|
|Real Name:||Terence Thomas Kevin O’Leary|
|Stage Name:||Kevin O’Leary|
|Born:||9 July 1954 (age 67 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Montreal, Canada|
|Parents:||Georgette Kanawaty, Terry O’Leary|
|Wife • Spouse:||Linda O’Leary (m. 1990)|
|Girlfriend • Partner:||N/A|
|Children:||Trevor O’Leary, Savannah O’Leary|
|Occupation:||Businessman • TV Personality|
|Net Worth:||US$400 million|
Kevin O’Leary was born to Georgette Kanawaty (mother) and Terry O’Leary (father). He was birthed on the 9th of July 1954 in Montreal, Quebec. He is a Canadian Citizen by birth. He also holds Irish citizenship and a passport because of his father.
He has both Irish and Lebanese ancestry. His father was a salesman, while his mother ran a small business and invested in small-scale enterprises. He has a brother named Shane O’Leary.
Kevin O’Leary was still a child when his parents divorced. A few years later, his father passed on. He was seven years old at the time. His mother took control of his father’s business and started managing it.
Later on, his mother got married to an economist, George Kanawaty. George Kanawaty worked with the UN’s International Labour Organization. This meant that the family frequently moved during Terry O’Leary‘s childhood.
Kevin O’Leary is an alumnus of Stanstead College and St. George’s School. Both schools are in Quebec.
He studied at the University of Waterloo and bagged a degree in Environmental Studies and Psychology in 1977.
He has a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from Ivey Business School, University Of Western Ontario.
While undergoing his MBA program, Kevin O’Leary secured an internship with NABISCO Company. After leaving the organization, he co-founded Special Event Television (SET) with two of his friends.
Under his leadership, SET produced original sports programs such as The Original Six, Don Cherry‘s Grapevine, Bobby Orr, and the Hockey Legends. SET also produced documentaries, television shows and short films, and commercials for local professional hockey games. Kevin O’Leary later sold his shares in the business, which were worth US$25,000, to one of his partners.
Thereafter, Kevin O’Leary co-founded Softkey Software Products, a tech firm that sold family education and entertainment software products. While running Softkey, he succeeded in acquiring rival companies such as The Learning Company, Compton’s New Media, and Brøderbund. In a matter of years, the company had become the leading firm in the educational software market.
Later on, Softkey changed its name to The Learning Company. In 1999, it was sold to Mattel, making Kevin O’Leary a multi-millionaire.
With a keen interest in politics, he campaigned for the position of the Leader of the Conservative Party Of Canada in 2017. He was considered a frontrunner in different polls, and political analysts predicted that he might win the election.
However, he decided to drop out of the race a month before the election. He cited a lack of support in Quebec as the reason why he pulled out from the contest.
There are over 881k followers on Kevin O’Leary TV’s Instagram page. He has over 892k followers on Twitter.
- Instagram handle: @kevinolearytv
- Twitter handle: @kevinolearytv
Kevin O’Leary got married to his wife, Linda O’Leary, in 1990. The couple’s union has been blessed with two children, a son, and a daughter. Kevin O’Leary and Linda O’Leary briefly separated in 2011 and resumed their marriage after two years.
Kevin O’Leary‘s son is named Trevor O’Leary. Trevor O’Leary is an engineer who works with Tesla. While his daughter, Savannah O’Leary, is a multimedia producer and filmmaker who works in New York City.
Linda O’Leary currently holds the position of Vice President of Marketing at O’Leary Wines. Kevin O’Leary and his wife shuttle between their homes in Miami and Toronto. The couple also owns residential properties in Boston, Geneva, and Muskoka.
Kevin O’Leary is one of the millionaires in the dollar from Canada. He has an estimated net worth of US$400 million.