Shark Tank may have originated from other international series such as Dragon’s Den and Tigers Of Money, but in the past decade, this show has definitely carved out a name of its own. Inspiring millions of people worldwide, Shark Tank has won a Primetime Emmy for the best structured reality show for 4 years in a row.
A majority of the show’s popularity comes from its panel of sharks. These shark investors are all self-made millionaires with incredibly inspiring stories. Most of them come from humble backgrounds, but have managed to earn massive fortunes all on their own. Scroll below to see the current net worth of all the sharks from Shark Tank.
10 Barbara Corcoran
After graduating in 1971, Barbara Corcoran co-founded her first real estate venture, The Corcoran-Simone, with her longtime boyfriend. After splitting with him, she parted ways with her company and started her new firm, The Corcoran Group. She later sold The Corcoran Group to NRT Incorporated for $66 million in 2001.
9 Lori Greiner
The Queen of QVC, Lori Greiner, came up with her first brilliant idea in the mid 90s when she designed a plastic organised to store dozens of earrings at once. This products went on to make over a million dollars on Home Shopping Network.
Since then Lori has designed hundreds of products and made millions selling them on TV. She holds over a 100 patents and has an estimated net worth of $100 million.
8 Robert Herjavec
Like many of the other Sharks on the show, Robert Herjavec came form humble beginnings. He arrived with his family from Croatia at the age of 8 with a single suitcase and $20 total. He initially worked minimum wage jobs such as waiting tables ad delivering newspapers, before transforming into the technology mogul he is today.
He sold his technology firm BRACK systems to At&t back in 2000 and RAMP network to Nokia for $225 million. He now runs his own cyber security company, The Herjavec Group, and is estimated to have a net worth of $200 million.
7 Ashton Kutcher
You may remember Ashton Kutcher as the dim-witted character Kelso on That 70s Show, but he’s come a long way since then. Kutcher gained massive popularity through MTV’s Punk'd as well as films such as What Happens In Vegas and No Strings Attached.
In 2010 Ashton co-founded his company A-Grade Investments. Through this venture, Ashton has invested in successful firms such as Uber, Airbnb and Flipboard. As of 2019 his net worth is estimated to be at $200 million.
6 Daymond John
Daymond John is an American businessman, fashion mogul, investor and motivational speaker. His first and biggest success came from FUBU, his fashion brand. John learnt how to sew from his mother and started to create poplar styles of wool hats and screen-printed t-shirts and sold them door-to-door at affordable prices. He made $800 dollars in a day selling his first batch of wool hats.
John is also a public motivational speaker and a professional consultant, helping brands and celebrities find additional revenue streams. As of 2019, John’s net worth is estimated at $250 million.
5 Kevin O’Leary
‘Mr. Wonderful’ Kevin O’Leary originally aspired to be a photographer, but went on to study at the University of Waterloo as per his step-father’s request. He co-founded Special Event Television with two fellow MBA students and sold his share for $25000.
O’Leary began work on Softkey back in 1986 in the basement of his home. After receiving much success, he went on to acquire other competitors such as The Learning Company and WordStar, eventually selling his company to Mattel for $3.7 billion. As of 2019 his net worth is estimated at $400 million.
4 Sara Blakely
Sara Blakely is the founder and creator of Spanx, the most popular shape wear company in America. She started working on a prototype from her own home with $5000 and a year in hand. After testing it with friends and family, Sara approached Neiman Marcus as well as sent a basket of her products to Oprah winfrey, eventually making it to her list of favourite things in 2000.
Today her company is estimated to generate around $400 million every year through sales. As of 2019, her net worth is estimated to be at a billion dollars.
3 Chris Sacca
Chris Sacca guest starred on the Shark panel during the 7th season of the show. His real life role as a venture capitalist makes him an ideal judge for the Shark Tank. He has made million investing early in huge companies such as Uber, Kickstarter, Twitter and Instagram over the years.
He has also served many positions at Google and aided in the company’s business development as well as their mergers and acquisitions. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated to be at $1.2 billion.
2 Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban joined the Shark Tank team during their second season, and has since become one of the most popular faces on the show. Extremely aspirational from the start, Cuban tried his hand at several business ventures from an early age. However his first big success came from MicroSolutions, a company he eventually sold for $6 million.
In 1999, Cuban officially became a billionaire after selling his newest venture, Broadcast.come to Yahoo for $5.7 billion. Since then, he has acquired the Dallas Mavericks, AXS TV and 2929 Entertainment. His current net worth is estimated to be at $4.1 billion.
1 Richard Branson
Although not a member of the permanent team, Branson appeared as a guest judge on the panel during the 9th season of Shark Tank. He became the richest Shark to ever appear on the panel. Richard Branson founded the renowned Virgin Group back in the 70s and has since grown the brand exponentially.
After gaining much success with Virgin Megastores, Branson started Virgin Atlantic, a widely successful airline, as well as Virgin Records and Virgin Galactic. He has been knighted for his ‘services to entrepreneurship.’ As of 2019, his net worth is estimated to be at $4.89 billion.