Robert Herjavec is an entrepreneur, author, investor, and television personality who appeared in both ABC’s Shark Tank and CBC’s Dragons Den. He founded the internet security software BRAK Systems and computer security company The Herjavec Group. As of 2022, Robert Herjavec has a net worth of $200 million.
Herjavec is originally from Zbjeg, Croatia. He was born there on September 14, 1962. He and his parents left the country in 1970 after Herjavec’s father, Vladimir, had been detained for speaking out against the communist government.
When Robert was eight, the family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia. They later relocated to Toronto, Canada, where they spent 18 months living in the basement of a friend’s home.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and English literature from the University of Toronto’s New College in 1984. However, even with a degree, he couldn’t apply to high-paying jobs. So, he worked minimum wage.
Robert began his career in filmmaking as an assistant director before moving into business with Logiquest, where he sold IBM mainframe emulation boards. When he got fired, he resorted to building security systems in 1990.
In his basement, he worked on an online security software integrator called BRAK Systems. He turned it into a business, and it became a success. AT&T Canada purchased BRAK Systems for more than $30 million ten years after it was founded.
He took a break from entrepreneurship to serve as the VP of Sales at Ramp Network. He returned to the industry to establish his most prosperous project yet, The Herjavec Group. It was a computer security and information technology business that became the largest in Canada.
With his successful run as a businessman, Herjavec was invited to be a part of the Dragon’s Den cast. He was one of the investors whom aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to.
He was on Canada’s version of Dragon’s Den from seasons one to six. He then joined the cast of a similar show, Shark Tank, on ABC. He has been a Shark investor since the program first aired in 2009.
Apart from his television appearances, Robert is also a published author. He released his first book, Driven: How to Succeed in Business and Life, in 2013. He went on to publish two more books.
Net Worth and Earnings
As a Shark, Robert Herjavec is paid around $50,000 per episode. However, it is expected that he makes much more from the investments he made on the show. His most fruitful bet was on Tipsy Elves, which has generated $125 million in sales.
Aside from his televised investments, Herjavec makes money from real estate deals. The Herjavec Group and his book sales are also leading factors in his $200 million wealth.
Robert married optometrist Diane Plese in 1990. They had three children: Brendan, Skye, and Caprice. Sadly, they divorced in 2014. Two years later, he married dancer Kym Johnson. The couple has a twin, Hudson and Haven. They live in a Toronto mansion that houses Robert’s car collection.