ABC’s Shark Tank is a reality television show where entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to wealthy investors in the hopes of getting a deal. The “Sharks”, are all self-made millionaires who made their fortunes starting their own businesses ranging from IT companies to clothing brands. Given the show’s massive ratings, fans are curious to find out which Shark is the wealthiest.
Shark Tank Cast Net Worth
1. Mark Cuban – $4.6 billion
Mark Cuban is the only billionaire on the panel, which also makes him the main Shark. He is the co-founder of media company 2929 Entertainment and the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, a pro basketball franchise in the NBA. Cuban also co-owns Magnolia Picture and Landmark Theaters.
At the age of 12, he started his first business because he wanted to buy a set of expensive basketball sneakers. To raise the money he bought and sold garbage bags in his neighborhood. He also had success trading stamps and coins.
After graduating from business school, Cuban worked on machines and networking at Mellon Bank. In 1990, Mark became a millionaire when he sold his first tech company, MicroSolutions for $6 million. He netted $2 million from the sale after taxes.
Later on, he sold a streaming service, Broadcast.com, to Yahoo for $5.7 billion. On Shark Tank, he often gives the best advice to entrepreneurs that show why he is worth $4.6 billion.
2. Kevin O’Leary – $400 million
Also known as Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary has appeared on Dragons Den Canada and has been on Shark Tank since season one! He is a successful businessman with a huge ego and loves a royalty deal! O’Leary once campaigned to become head of the Conservative Party of Canada.
His mother was a small business executive and a shrewd investor but kept her portfolio private. After she passed away, Kevin discovered her skill as an investor. Kevin’s mother believed in investing one-third of your earnings and he follows this advice to this day.
In 1986, Kevin co-founded the tech company SoftKey Software Products, now called The Learning Company. O’Leary’s company grew by acquiring rival businesses. In 1999, he sold SoftKey for $4.2 billion to the toy company Mattel. After that, he worked as a host on a number of Canadian business talk shows. Now, as the second-richest Shark, his net worth is $400 million.
3. Daymond John – $350 million
Daymond John is a motivational speaker and business magnate who founded the hip-hop clothing brand FUBU. Daymond has been the CEO of FUBU from the start until it broke into the mainstream.
When his parents split up, Daymond started working at ten years old. When he turned 16, his mom had a new partner, an attorney, whom he regarded as a mentor. The young man planned to work on FUBU in their house. His mother agreed and even taught him how to sew. After his first business became a success, he tried other ventures.
John has been on Shark Tank since season one but doesn’t make a lot of deals. Despite this, he had huge success investing in Bombas, an apparel company that went on to become one of Shark Tank’s most successful products.
John made Blueprint and Co, a coworking facility, and his Daymond On Demand training program. His reputation as a Shark helped him create a consulting firm, The Shark Group. Daymond’s fortune stands at $350 million.
4. Robert Herjavec – $200 million
Robert Herjavec is the owner of a prominent cybersecurity company in Canada, The Herjavec Group. Before joining the cast of Shark Tank, he was a recurring figure alongside Kevin O’Leary on Canada’s version of Dragon’s Den.
Robert comes from a family of Croatian immigrants who settled in Toronto when Robert was eight. In the 1990s, he worked a number of minimum wage jobs to help support his family.
Herjavec initially started out in the filmmaking industry but transitioned into business by working for Logiquest and selling emulation boards. When Logiquest fired him, he created an internet security software integrator.
Herjavec started BRAK Systems from his basement and sold it for $30.2 million to AT&T Canada in 2000, who later rebranded to Allstream Inc. This is a major factor in Robert’s $200 million fortune.
5. Lori Greiner – $150 million
Greiner is known for being a mastermind in creating and marketing successful products. She is dubbed The Queen of QVC for her ability to find hot products to sell on the popular American shopping channel. Lori Greiner is also the founder and CEO of For Your Ease Only, Inc.
She started her career as a playwright and started selling jewelry as a side hustle. In 1996, Greiner invented and patented the J.C. Penney plastic earring organizer. Greiner’s business grew after her product featured on the Home Shopping Network. This allowed her to pay off a $300,000 loan in 18 months!
This sparked her to join QVC and produce the show Clever & Unique Creations and Lori continued to design and patent products. Lori has over 120 patents to her name.
Greiner joined Shark Tank in 2012 and is arguably one of the top Sharks on the show. Scrub Daddy and Squatty Potty are two of her most successful deals that helped her build a $150 million fortune.
6. Barbara Corcoran – $100 million
Last but not least is Barbara Corcoran. Barbara founded The Corcoran Group in 1973, a real estate brokerage firm that she sold for $66 million in 2001. Corcoran struggled with school because she suffers from dyslexia. Still, she managed to graduate from college with a degree in education and started working as a teacher.
After a year in the classroom, she quit and worked 20 different jobs. She co-founded The Corcoran-Simonè brokerage with her ex-boyfriend. But after they broke up, she branched out on her own.
To keep herself busy she has become a columnist and an author. Barbara also earns extra income as a consultant and speaker. Barbara has made over 130 deals on the show and her most successful investment is The Comfy. Corcoran is a cautious investor and has a net worth of $100 million.