He is famous as a successful Canadian entrepreneur, but today Robert Herjavec is more famous internationally, as one of the dragons in the Canadian Dragon Den, or one of the sharks in the USA TV show Shark Tank.
Robert Herjavec is a Croatian-Canadian entrepreneur and businessman who has lived the classic “rags to riches” story. The son of Croatian immigrants, he earned his wealth through pure hard work and intuition. He never forgets how his mother, who could hardly speak English, lost the family savings to a smooth-talking vacuum salesman. This made an impression on Robert, and he vowed to never be taken advantage of again.
Born in Zbjeg, Croatia, Robert Herjavec immigrated with his family to Canada at the age of ten, eventually settling in the Toronto neighbourhood of Rexdale. He attended New College at the University of Toronto, and began his business career with IBM mainframe sales.