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Kevin O'Leary

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Founder of O'Leary Financial Group; Venture Capitalist & Financial Expert Known for "Shark Tank"

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Kevin O'Leary Biography

Famous as “Mr. Wonderful” on ABC’s multi-award-winning "Shark Tank," Kevin O’Leary is a serial entrepreneur, respected investor, and bestselling author. A frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business, and CNN, he is a go-to expert on business topics and financial markets. O’Leary is the founder of O’Leary Financial Group; Chairman of O’Leary Ventures, Beanstox, and O’Shares Investments; and a Strategic Investor in WonderFi. A self-made multi-millionaire who has launched and invested in more than 80 companies in the U.S. and his native Canada, O’Leary is passionate about helping people from all walks of life gain the freedom that comes from achieving their financial and entrepreneurial dreams.

O’Leary’s success story began in his native Canada, “with a big idea and zero cash.” In 1986, he founded SoftKey Software Products, later to be called The Learning Company, in his Toronto basement. Under O’Leary’s leadership, the company became a giant in its sector before it was acquired for $4.2 billion. In 2000, O’Leary founded O’Leary Ventures, a generalist venture capital investment platform that has since invested in start-ups and early-stage companies across virtually every sector. In 2003, he co-founded Storage Now, a leading developer of climate-controlled storage facilities, which was later acquired for $110 million. His next investment, Stream Global Services, was later acquired for $820 million.

In 2006, O’Leary joined the Canadian cast of "Dragon’s Den," the international business reality show and forerunner of the U.S. "Shark Tank" franchise. His tough critiques and brutal honesty made him a popular judge. In 2009, he was invited to join the founding cast of ABC’s "Shark Tank," alongside Mark Cuban, Robert Herjavec, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, and Barbara Corcoran. Shark Tank continues to be one of the most popular television programs of all time, garnering multiple awards and nominations, including four Emmy awards. Reflecting his commitment to “eco-preneurship,” O’Leary also co-hosted The Discovery Channel’s "Project Earth" series, which explored radical ideas to combat global warming.

O’Leary currently serves as chairman for a portfolio of companies that reflect his guiding principles for business. They include venture capital investment platform O’Leary Ventures; Beanstox, an automated internet-based investment advisory service; and O’Shares Investments, which provides ETFs for long-term wealth management. He is the founder of O’Leary Financial Group, and Chief Sommelier of award-winning O’Leary Fine Wines. Since 2021, O’Leary has also been a strategic investor in WonderFi, now one of the largest regulated crypto asset trading platforms in the world.

A strong believer in financial education and fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs, O’Leary is the author of a bestselling series of books: "Cold Hard Truth; Men, Women and Money"; and "Family, Kids and Money." He has spoken to future entrepreneurs at Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Notre Dame, Waterloo and McGill. Corporate speaking audiences have included Ernst & Young, MassMutual, First Third Bank, Constant Contact, Comcast, Zendesk, Cisco Systems, National Conference of State Legislatures, and ExxonMobil.

O’Leary serves on the investment committee of Boston's prestigious 200-year-old Hamilton Trust. He is an avid chef, wine lover, world traveler, photographer, electric guitarist, guitar collector, and die-hard New England Patriots fan.

O’Leary received an honours bachelor's degree in environmental studies and psychology from the University of Waterloo and an MBA in entrepreneurship from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.

Speaking Topics
  • Pitch the Shark

    What packed an auditorium full of Harvard Business School students on a Friday before a three-day weekend? The opportunity to pitch their business ideas to legendary entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and Shark, Kevin O’Leary. In this customizable format, your group will have the opportunity to pitch to “Mr. Wonderful.” Not just a new business or product, but innovative ideas to improve your organization itself. Or, get a sales team fired up competitively perfecting the same pitch with game-changing feedback from the master. It’s a lesson in building an entrepreneurial mindset that will engage everyone in the audience—and create an event they’ll talk about for years.

  • Lessons From a Shark

    Get ready for an unforgettable, behind-the-scenes look at Shark Tank with “Mr. Wonderful” himself. Kevin O’Leary shares entertaining and insightful outtakes from his favorite episodes—videos you can’t see anywhere else. Based on a content review prior to the event, he’ll provide a current economic overview and apply it to your industry. He’ll also become a “secret agent”— sharing insightful intel and observations on industry performance, opportunities for innovation, and future outlook.

  • The Stories Behind the Success

    Kevin O’Leary, one of North America’s most successful entrepreneurs, reveals the secrets that made him a multimillionaire—sharing hard-won advice for anyone seeking success. Kevin describes his incredible journey, from humble beginnings, to starting his first company in his basement, to achieving fame and success beyond his wildest dreams. His advice is engaging and practical— and will inspire audience members to become the best entrepreneurs and business people that they can be. O’Leary covers business, money, and life; how to find your calling and turn your talents into a profitable venture; building a dream team; transforming adversity into opportunity; and how to make and grow both your business and personal wealth.

  • An Evening with Kevin O'Leary

    With candor and unmatched business smarts, Kevin O’Leary draws on his encyclopedic knowledge of finance, investing, economics, sales, and business to discuss a range of topics. How, for instance, will the current economic outlook affect a myriad of industries, including your own? What can you do to protect your company, and come out stronger than ever? Razor-sharp and quick on his feet, O’Leary pulls no punches in this enlightening and timely talk.

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The Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women, and Money: 50 Common Money Mistakes and How to Fix Them

The Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women, and Money: 50 Common Money Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life

Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life

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    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Kevin O'Leary for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Kevin O'Leary, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Kevin O'Leary or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Kevin O'Leary

    Speaking fees for Kevin O'Leary, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Kevin O'Leary are $100,000 - $200,000 for live events and $30,000 - $50,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Kevin O'Leary, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Kevin O'Leary speak about?

  • Where does Kevin O'Leary travel from?

    Kevin O'Leary generally travels from West Palm Beach, FL, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Kevin O'Leary’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Kevin O'Leary for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kevin O'Leary for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Kevin O'Leary or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Kevin O'Leary

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4.8 out of 5

Founder of O'Leary Financial Group; Venture Capitalist & Financial Expert Known for "Shark Tank"

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West Palm Beach, FL, USA
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Kevin O'Leary Biography

Famous as “Mr. Wonderful” on ABC’s multi-award-winning "Shark Tank," Kevin O’Leary is a serial entrepreneur, respected investor, and bestselling author. A frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business, and CNN, he is a go-to expert on business topics and financial markets. O’Leary is the founder of O’Leary Financial Group; Chairman of O’Leary Ventures, Beanstox, and O’Shares Investments; and a Strategic Investor in WonderFi. A self-made multi-millionaire who has launched and invested in more than 80 companies in the U.S. and his native Canada, O’Leary is passionate about helping people from all walks of life gain the freedom that comes from achieving their financial and entrepreneurial dreams.

O’Leary’s success story began in his native Canada, “with a big idea and zero cash.” In 1986, he founded SoftKey Software Products, later to be called The Learning Company, in his Toronto basement. Under O’Leary’s leadership, the company became a giant in its sector before it was acquired for $4.2 billion. In 2000, O’Leary founded O’Leary Ventures, a generalist venture capital investment platform that has since invested in start-ups and early-stage companies across virtually every sector. In 2003, he co-founded Storage Now, a leading developer of climate-controlled storage facilities, which was later acquired for $110 million. His next investment, Stream Global Services, was later acquired for $820 million.

In 2006, O’Leary joined the Canadian cast of "Dragon’s Den," the international business reality show and forerunner of the U.S. "Shark Tank" franchise. His tough critiques and brutal honesty made him a popular judge. In 2009, he was invited to join the founding cast of ABC’s "Shark Tank," alongside Mark Cuban, Robert Herjavec, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, and Barbara Corcoran. Shark Tank continues to be one of the most popular television programs of all time, garnering multiple awards and nominations, including four Emmy awards. Reflecting his commitment to “eco-preneurship,” O’Leary also co-hosted The Discovery Channel’s "Project Earth" series, which explored radical ideas to combat global warming.

O’Leary currently serves as chairman for a portfolio of companies that reflect his guiding principles for business. They include venture capital investment platform O’Leary Ventures; Beanstox, an automated internet-based investment advisory service; and O’Shares Investments, which provides ETFs for long-term wealth management. He is the founder of O’Leary Financial Group, and Chief Sommelier of award-winning O’Leary Fine Wines. Since 2021, O’Leary has also been a strategic investor in WonderFi, now one of the largest regulated crypto asset trading platforms in the world.

A strong believer in financial education and fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs, O’Leary is the author of a bestselling series of books: "Cold Hard Truth; Men, Women and Money"; and "Family, Kids and Money." He has spoken to future entrepreneurs at Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Notre Dame, Waterloo and McGill. Corporate speaking audiences have included Ernst & Young, MassMutual, First Third Bank, Constant Contact, Comcast, Zendesk, Cisco Systems, National Conference of State Legislatures, and ExxonMobil.

O’Leary serves on the investment committee of Boston's prestigious 200-year-old Hamilton Trust. He is an avid chef, wine lover, world traveler, photographer, electric guitarist, guitar collector, and die-hard New England Patriots fan.

O’Leary received an honours bachelor's degree in environmental studies and psychology from the University of Waterloo and an MBA in entrepreneurship from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.

Kevin O'Leary Speaking Topics

  • Pitch the Shark

    What packed an auditorium full of Harvard Business School students on a Friday before a three-day weekend? The opportunity to pitch their business ideas to legendary entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and Shark, Kevin O’Leary. In this customizable format, your group will have the opportunity to pitch to “Mr. Wonderful.” Not just a new business or product, but innovative ideas to improve your organization itself. Or, get a sales team fired up competitively perfecting the same pitch with game-changing feedback from the master. It’s a lesson in building an entrepreneurial mindset that will engage everyone in the audience—and create an event they’ll talk about for years.

  • Lessons From a Shark

    Get ready for an unforgettable, behind-the-scenes look at Shark Tank with “Mr. Wonderful” himself. Kevin O’Leary shares entertaining and insightful outtakes from his favorite episodes—videos you can’t see anywhere else. Based on a content review prior to the event, he’ll provide a current economic overview and apply it to your industry. He’ll also become a “secret agent”— sharing insightful intel and observations on industry performance, opportunities for innovation, and future outlook.

  • The Stories Behind the Success

    Kevin O’Leary, one of North America’s most successful entrepreneurs, reveals the secrets that made him a multimillionaire—sharing hard-won advice for anyone seeking success. Kevin describes his incredible journey, from humble beginnings, to starting his first company in his basement, to achieving fame and success beyond his wildest dreams. His advice is engaging and practical— and will inspire audience members to become the best entrepreneurs and business people that they can be. O’Leary covers business, money, and life; how to find your calling and turn your talents into a profitable venture; building a dream team; transforming adversity into opportunity; and how to make and grow both your business and personal wealth.

  • An Evening with Kevin O'Leary

    With candor and unmatched business smarts, Kevin O’Leary draws on his encyclopedic knowledge of finance, investing, economics, sales, and business to discuss a range of topics. How, for instance, will the current economic outlook affect a myriad of industries, including your own? What can you do to protect your company, and come out stronger than ever? Razor-sharp and quick on his feet, O’Leary pulls no punches in this enlightening and timely talk.

Kevin O'Leary Videos

  • Kevin O'Leary | How to Turn Your Business Weakness into a Superpower
    Kevin O'Leary, one of the Sharks on the TV show Shark Tank, talks about How to Turn Your Business Weakness into a Superpower. O'Leary had help...
  • Kevin O'Leary Gets Real About Why You Must Be Ruthless in Business | Inc.
    Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary tells CNBC co-anchor Tyler Mathisen why all entrepreneurs and CEOs should be willing to fire anyone who doesn't fit with...
  • All of my Returns Came from Companies Run by Women
    Kevin O' Leary makes the case that gender equality is not only good for women but also for business. #MIGlobal #Equality

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  • How do I book Kevin O'Leary to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Kevin O'Leary for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Kevin O'Leary, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Kevin O'Leary or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Kevin O'Leary

    Speaking fees for Kevin O'Leary, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Kevin O'Leary are $100,000 - $200,000 for live events and $30,000 - $50,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Kevin O'Leary, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Kevin O'Leary speak about?

  • Where does Kevin O'Leary travel from?

    Kevin O'Leary generally travels from West Palm Beach, FL, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Kevin O'Leary’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Kevin O'Leary for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kevin O'Leary for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Kevin O'Leary or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Kevin O'Leary is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Pitch the Shark, Lessons From a Shark, The Stories Behind the Success and An Evening with Kevin O'Leary. The estimated speaking fee range to book Kevin O'Leary for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. Kevin O'Leary generally travels from West Palm Beach, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Daymond John, Marc Randolph, Peter Diamandis, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Robert Herjavec. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kevin O'Leary for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Kevin O'Leary Speaking Topics

  • Pitch the Shark

    What packed an auditorium full of Harvard Business School students on a Friday before a three-day weekend? The opportunity to pitch their business ideas to legendary entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and Shark, Kevin O’Leary. In this customizable format, your group will have the opportunity to pitch to “Mr. Wonderful.” Not just a new business or product, but innovative ideas to improve your organization itself. Or, get a sales team fired up competitively perfecting the same pitch with game-changing feedback from the master. It’s a lesson in building an entrepreneurial mindset that will engage everyone in the audience—and create an event they’ll talk about for years.

  • Lessons From a Shark

    Get ready for an unforgettable, behind-the-scenes look at Shark Tank with “Mr. Wonderful” himself. Kevin O’Leary shares entertaining and insightful outtakes from his favorite episodes—videos you can’t see anywhere else. Based on a content review prior to the event, he’ll provide a current economic overview and apply it to your industry. He’ll also become a “secret agent”— sharing insightful intel and observations on industry performance, opportunities for innovation, and future outlook.

  • The Stories Behind the Success

    Kevin O’Leary, one of North America’s most successful entrepreneurs, reveals the secrets that made him a multimillionaire—sharing hard-won advice for anyone seeking success. Kevin describes his incredible journey, from humble beginnings, to starting his first company in his basement, to achieving fame and success beyond his wildest dreams. His advice is engaging and practical— and will inspire audience members to become the best entrepreneurs and business people that they can be. O’Leary covers business, money, and life; how to find your calling and turn your talents into a profitable venture; building a dream team; transforming adversity into opportunity; and how to make and grow both your business and personal wealth.

  • An Evening with Kevin O'Leary

    With candor and unmatched business smarts, Kevin O’Leary draws on his encyclopedic knowledge of finance, investing, economics, sales, and business to discuss a range of topics. How, for instance, will the current economic outlook affect a myriad of industries, including your own? What can you do to protect your company, and come out stronger than ever? Razor-sharp and quick on his feet, O’Leary pulls no punches in this enlightening and timely talk.

Kevin O'Leary Speaker Videos

  • Kevin O'Leary | How to Turn Your Business Weakness into a Superpower
    Kevin O'Leary, one of the Sharks on the TV show Shark Tank, talks about How to Turn Your Business Weakness into a Superpower. O'Leary had help turning his own dyslexia into a superpower and other...
    Kevin O'Leary Gets Real About Why You Must Be Ruthless in Business | Inc.
    Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary tells CNBC co-anchor Tyler Mathisen why all entrepreneurs and CEOs should be willing to fire anyone who doesn't fit with the business -- even if they're family.
  • All of my Returns Came from Companies Run by Women
    Kevin O' Leary makes the case that gender equality is not only good for women but also for business. #MIGlobal #Equality
    Why the Hardest Time of Kevin O'Leary's Life was Going on Vacation
    After selling his first business, Kevin O'Leary made one decision he's always regretted.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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