The Sharks will soon be returning to your TV screens with another exciting season! The 14th season of the business reality show Shark Tank will kickstart with a live event on September 23, 2022, Friday on ABC.
We know all of you are pretty thrilled to learn more about the sharks and guest sharks who are set to crack a new wave of deals in the upcoming season of the show. So what are you waiting for? Keep scrolling down to know everything about the sharks and guest sharks of Shark Tank season 14.
The show Shark Tank premiered on August 9, 2009. The reality show gives entrepreneurs a golden opportunity to present their business plans in front of investors and try to get hold of deals that will change their lives forever.
Who are the sharks in ‘Shark Tank’ season 14?
The show’s long-standing sharks Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary will be seen making some great offers and cracking a couple of good deals in the forthcoming season of the reality show.
As per ABC, Shark Tank, “gives people from all walks of life the chance to chase the American dream and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires.”
1. Barbara Corcoran
Barbara Corcoran is an American businesswoman, investor, syndicated columnist, and television personality. She has starred on the show Shark Tank since its debut in the year 2009.
People think all Barbara does in the show is say, “I’m out.” When it comes to making offers, Barbara’s offers are pretty fair but conservative. She weighs the level of risk before getting involved in a deal.
Back in the day, Corcoran worked as a waitress in Manhattan. At that time, her then-boyfriend Ramone Simone convinced her to work for a real estate company. Then, she wanted to be her own boss and she and her then-boyfriend Ramone co-founded the company Corcoran-Simone in the year 1973.
Simone loaned her $1000 around the same time. Within the blink of an eye, their romantic relationship turned into a business partnership. Everything was going well for these two lovebirds but then, Ramone left Barbara for their secretary.
They say, ‘success is the best revenge’ and Barbara proved them right. Soon after her split from her boyfriend Simone, she established her own company called The Corcoran Group. Over time, she build The Corcoran Group into a real estate empire and sold it for $70 million in the year 2001.
2. Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban is a billionaire entrepreneur, television personality, and media proprietor. As per Forbes, he has an estimated net worth of $4.7 billion. Right now, he owns an NBA team and is also the co-owner of a media and entertainment company called 2929 Entertainment.
Cuban was brought up in a family of Jewish immigrants. During his childhood days, he didn’t have much money. He stepped into the world of business at the young age of 12. At that point in time, he sold garbage bags and soon afterward he began selling stamps and coins to supplement his income.
These days, many kids ask their parents to get them a pair of the latest basketball shoes but Mark had to work for it. And now, he is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Cuban began his own company, MicroSolutions in 1983. In the early days, his company was a system integrator and software reseller. He bagged two million dollars in his kitty by selling MicroSolutions in 1990.
Then, Cuban and his friends teamed up and founded Audionet. Later on, Audionet became Broadcast.com. He was able to amplify and build the company into $5.7 billion in Yahoo! stock. As an investor on Shark Tank, Mark is straightforward, he doesn’t step away from making jaw-dropping offers. His eyes light up whenever he sees a gadget or an app as he is a tech mogul and has great expertise in that sector.
3. Lori Greiner
Lori Greiner is also known as the ‘Queen of QVC.’ She is the president and founder of For Your Ease Only, Inc. Back in the day, she was a playwright for some time and she sold jewelry. The turning point in her life came when she invented a plastic organizer that could hold 100 earrings. In the year 1996, her product was picked up by J.C Penney.
At that time, Greiner thought of expanding her business and she switched to QVC. Soon afterward, she launched Clever & Unique Creations, one of the longest-running shows on the network in the year 2000.
Lori joined the reality show Shark Tank in 2012. In the show, she was able to make some good deals and produce a few millionaires such as Linda Clark & Gloria Hoffmanand (Simply Fit Board: Core Workout Balance Board), Aaron Krause (Scrub Daddy), and Marc Newburger & Jeffrey Simon (Drop Stop).
Even though Lori is a millionaire, she is humble and still remembers the time when she was hustling to survive in the business world. She likes to put her money into products that have mass appeal and are demonstrable and sellable. She uses her charm in order to sweet talk the entrepreneurs to pick her offer.
Lori never brags about the money she has made to date, instead, she throws some light on the fact that how she has provided a helping hand to entrepreneurs to make their money and sell their products.
4. Robert Herjavec
Robert was born in Communist Croatia. He and his family left the country when he was merely 8 years old. At that time, his father Vladimir was a manager in Croatia and he would often land up in jail because of his anti-communist sentiments.
In a media interaction, Robert talked about his dad and said, “He’d drink a little too much and then say bad things about Communism, and got thrown into jail 22 times for being an anti-Communist.” His dad was an immigrant so he didn’t know English and due to that, he didn’t get any good job. At that time, he worked as a janitor in the factory.
To support his family financially, Robert also did many jobs such as working as a salesman, delivering newspapers, being a collections agent, and waiting tables. He began his IT career as a sales agent for Logiquest, he sold IBM mainframe emulation boards.
After leaving Logiquest, Robert founded BRAK Systems, a Canadian integrator of Internet security software, from the basement of his home. He sold the company to AT&T Canada in March 2000 for $30.2 million. Then, he took a three-year-long gap to spend some time with his family.
Herjavec founded The Herjavec Group in 2003 and it is one of Canada’s fastest-growing technology companies and it has been growing rapidly over time. Just like his fellow Shark Lori, Robert likes to put money into products that have a demonstration. He is one of the kings in cyberspace. His offers on the show Shark Tank are pretty fair and we have seen times where he has overpaid to get a deal.
5. Daymond John
Daymond John was born in Brooklyn, New York City. He was raised in the Hollis neighborhood of Queens. He started working at the young age of 10 when his parents got divorced. At that time, he handed out flyers and waited tables to support his family’s meager income.
John’s mom supported him throughout his ups and downs. She even permitted him to turn their house into a factory and let him mortgage it so he could expand FUBU (For Us, By Us), a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand. Even though he didn’t have capital in hand, he never gave up and kept working hard to achieve his goals.
Daymond wanted to promote his brand in the market so he convinced rappers to wear his clothing line. At the end of the day, his masterstroke worked and this led to a sudden increase in demand for his brand in the market. Retailers began reaching out to Daymond to get a hold of a stock of his hot new merchandise.
To date, FUBU has done more than $6 billion in sales. John has been on the show Shark Tank since the year 2009. He believes in handling business in a quick and straightforward manner. He doesn’t like people who are indecisive and try to beat around the bush. He is good at judging people and knows when something is fishy.
Clothing is Daymond’s field of expertise. He managed to get FUBU from the streets of New York City to the international spotlight. He even has a couple of links to the world of entertainment and knows many artists such as Pitbull and LL Cool J.
6. Kevin O’Leary
Terence Thomas Kevin O’Leary aka ‘Mr. Wonderful’ was born in Canada. He was brought up in the Town of Mount Royal, Quebec. His parents got divorced when he was a child. He bagged an honors bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and psychology from the University of Waterloo in 1977. Later on, he received an MBA in entrepreneurship from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario in 1980.
Kevin started making money by promoting software. He began Softkey in the 1980s in a Toronto basement by taking a loan of $10,000 loan from his mother. Over time, his company started flourishing in the business world.
Kevin’s company, Softkey which was later known as The Learning Company was bought by Mattel in 1999 for $4.2 billion. Then, he stepped into the mutual fund market. He co-founded O’Leary Funds Inc., in the year 2008. It is a mutual fund company focused on global yield investing. He sold his company to a private investment-management company owned by Canadian businessman W. Brett Wilson in 2015.
Kevin O’Leary has been a part of the show Shark Tank right from the start. Kevin loves money more than anything. He is a cold-blooded shark and is not afraid to spit facts. He tries to find faults in the pitches of the entrepreneurs and indulges in proper arguments with them. In the past, he has even made a couple of entrepreneurs cry with his harsh criticism of their ideas.
O’Leary likes to invest his money in products that have any link with the finance space. Throughout his career as a businessman, he has invested in products such as metals and equities. Apart from this, he also likes to invest in start-ups. Back in the day, he used to sell educational products and he might not hesitate to invest in the same space.
‘Shark Tank’ season 14 Guest Sharks revealed
In the forthcoming season of Shark Tank, we will see some new faces. The classic bunch of 6 investors, Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary will be accompanied by a few guest sharks in different episodes of the 14th season of the show.
Yes, you read that right. Not long ago, it was announced that the Goop founder and Academy-Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and DoorDash CEO Tony Xu will be the guest sharks in the upcoming season of the show.
Other guest sharks joining the show are as follows: Emma Grede, co-founder of Good America, Peter Jones from Dragon’s Den, Daniel Lubetzky, founder of Kind, and Kendra Scott.
Marvel Star Gwyneth Paltrow is all geared up to be a part of season 14 of the show Shark Tank. The Hollywood actress and founder of the lifestyle brand Goop will star as a guest shark in the upcoming season of the show Shark Tank. This will be her first time on a business format show.
Gwyneth’s wellness and lifestyle brand named Goop was founded in the year 2008 and she became the CEO of Goop later on in 2016. In addition to this, it has its own Netflix shows The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow and Sex, Love & Goop.
Goop has many retail stores and it also consists of a line of fragrances and skincare products. Along with this, her brand also focuses on travel, work, food, beauty as well as physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.
To date, Paltrow has starred in many films such as Emma, Seven, Sliding Doors, and Planet of the Apes. She is best known for playing the role of Pepper Pots in the Marvel franchise. She last appeared in Netflix’s The Politician.
This year, we will get to see DoorDash CEO, co-founder, and billionaire Tony Xu in the 14th season of the show Shark Tank. He founded the restaurant delivery service in the year 2013 along with his two business partners Andy Fang and Stanley Tang.
Tony became a billionaire after its 2020 IPO. DoorDash is USA’s largest food delivery service and it is based in San Francisco, California. The online food ordering company went public in December of 2020 on the NYSE and trades under the symbol DASH.
At the moment, the 37-year-old billionaire lives in San Francisco. He was born in Nanjing, China, and brought up in the United States. He received a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
While speaking about DoorDash, Tony Xu said, “DoorDash exists today to empower those like my Mom who came here with a dream to make it on their own. Fighting for the underdog is part of who I am and what we stand for as a company.”
Emma Grede is the co-founder and CEO of Good American. She was born in London, England. She was brought up by her mom along with 3 siblings. Then, she studied business at the London College of Fashion. During her initial days, she worked as a producer at fashion shows and events company Inca Productions.
Grede founded Independent Talent Brand (ITB) Worldwide, a London-based talent management and entertainment marketing agency in the year 2008. The company was acquired by Rogers & Cowan in 2018 and then, she left the company.
In 2015, Emma proposed her idea of building a denim clothing line to the former Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Kris Jenner. She told Kris that she wanted to team up with her daughter Khloé Kardashian.
Khloé and Grede launched Good American in 2016. They started Good American as a women’s clothing line focused on size inclusivity and body positivity, and they wanted all women to feel confident in their bodies.
Soon afterward, the company expanded and went from selling denim to dresses, activewear, tops, swimwear, sleepwear, and as well as shoes. Aside from this, Emma is also a founding partner of the shapewear brand Skims which was founded by her husband Jens Grede and Kim Kardashian.
Peter Jones is a British entrepreneur and businessman with interests in mobile phones, television, media, leisure, and property. He is well-known for being one of the dragons on the well-loved BBC show Dragons’ Den. He is the last original investor on the BBC One show Dragons’ Den and on the American television series American Inventor.
Jones was born in Maidenhead. He build a business in which he made personal computers under his own brand at the age of 16. The business failed and he sold it to IBM. Soon afterward, he opened a cocktail bar. Then, after many highs and lows, he established Phones International Group in 1998.
Then in 2005, Peter and Theo Paphitis, a fellow panelist on Dragons’ Den, bought gift experience company Red Letter Days from another fellow panelist Rachel Elnaug and during the same period he found many other businesses. He was awarded a CBE in the 2009 New Year Honours.
In the forthcoming season of Shark Tank, we will also catch a sight of the Mexican -American billionaire businessman, philanthropist, author, and founder of Kind, Daniel Lubetzky.
Daniel was born and brought up in Mexico City, Mexico. He bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and international relations, graduating magna cum laude, from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Soon afterward, he received his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School in 1993.
Daniel started his first company named PeaceWorks in the year 1994. The company acted as a link between Arabs and Israelis and helped them to build a business together. After that, he wanted to create a healthy snack that went well with his lifestyle and that was the point when the idea for the billion-dollar business Kind saw the light of the day.
In November of 2020, Lubetzky sold his company Kind to Mars for a whopping $5 billion. Last year, he joined hands with two of his Kind’s former executives to launch Somos, a Mexican plant-food brand.
The American fashion designer Kendra Scott will also appear in the 14th season of Shark Tank. She is the executive chairwoman, designer, and former chief executive officer of the billion-dollar jewelry brand Kendra Scott, LLC.
Scott was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She and her family moved to Houston, Texas when she was 16 years old. She graduated from Klein High School. She started her first business named The Hat Box, which designed comfortable hats for women going through chemotherapy. She sold comfy yet stylish pieces and also gave away a portion of her profits to cancer research.
Kendra started her company, Kendra Scott, LLC in 2002 and she created the first collection of her jewelry with $500 in her spare bedroom a few months after her son was born. She used to go to stores and local boutiques to sell her jewelry pieces.
In 2005, Scott got a big opportunity to accessorize Oscar de la Renta’s spring 2006 runway show with her designs. She opened her first retail store on Austin’s South Congress Avenue in 2010. During the same year, she started her e-commerce business and launched the brand’s Color Bar experience. She opened her second store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills in 2011.
Kendra sold a minority stake of her company in 2011 to private equity firm Berkshire Partners at a valuation of $1 billion. Kendra’s brand covers everything from fashion jewelry, fine jewelry, and home accessories, to nail lacquer and beauty products. Nearly 95 percent of her company’s staff are women. Apart from this, she also invests her money in younger companies in Austin, Texas.
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