Robert Herjavec is primarily famous for his appearances on the hit reality TV Shows ABC Shark Tank in the US, and Dragons Den in Canada. The shows focus on venture capitalists investing in small businesses in need of some additional capital or the Shark’s expertise and connections in a particular industry. Although many people tend to stereotype the wealthy as someone who got “lucky” or inherited their wealth, this is certainly not the case with Robert Herjavec.
Robert was born in Varazdin, Croatia and immigrated with his parents to Canada at the age of eight in order to escape communism in what was at the time Yugoslavia. Robert arrived in Canada with just a single suitcase and truly is a “rags to riches” story. Herjavec would go on to become extremely successful, starting his first step towards success at the University of Toronto where he majored in English literature and political science. During his college years Robert would work various odd jobs and low paying jobs in order to support his family.
The venture that would truly change his life wouldn’t happen until years later. In 2003 Robert founded The Herjavec Group, which became one of the leading names in security solutions and where Robert still works as the Chief Executive Officer. The company would go on to become extremely successful, seeing growth of $400k in sales in 2003 to over $125 million in sales for 2012. As a result the company has grown from three employees to one hundred and fifty employees.
In addition to Robert’s success in television and in his technology company Robert has had countless successful (and some unsuccessful) investments through his various venture capital expenditures. Robert is also the offer of two best selling books, including Driven: How to Succeed in Business and Life and The Will To Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding. Robert’s story should be motivation to all who are looking to achieve their dreams and become successful in their field. As an immigrant who came to Canada with nothing, he has gone on to show that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.