Most of us know him as “Mr. Wonderful,” but at home Shark Tank‘s Kevin O’Leary is simply known as “dad” to his two kids. The 64-year-old — who has been married to wife Linda for going on 30 years — has two adult children: daughter Savannah, 26, and son Trevor, 23.
Even though he wasn’t with his kids for Father’s Day — he was shooting for Shark Tank — Kevin says they made sure to call him. “I think it’s great they do and they never forget the date,” he told Closer Weekly exclusively at the 2019 Reality Television Awards. “It was fun to talk about it.” On top of that, he even took time out to call his own dad, Terry, too.
Kevin, who took home the award for Best TV Villain, said both Savannah and Trevor are “busy leading their lives” while also noting that they’ve “grown up with Shark Tank.”
“They were toddlers when this started and they used to come to the set. It’s part of who they are,” he added with a laugh, revealing that his daughter called him afterward. “They got a real kick out of the award, I’ll tell you that. I think it’s so funny, it’s hilarious. It’s great to get it and I’m going to keep it every year. I’ve got to connect with that inner villain.”
Kevin’s daughter, Savannah, lives in New York City and is the head of video at Purpose, following in dad’s footsteps as he was a film editor in the ’80s. Kevin’s son, Trevor, is in college studying electrical engineering and builds Formula 1 race cars.
As for what is new in his relationship, Kevin gushed that “everything’s great” between him and Linda and they’re “having a fantastic time.” That said, he does admit to missing her while Shark Tank shoots because that’s in L.A. and she is back in their Toronto home. For the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Kevin and Linda will visit family and friends in Nantucket, with the Canadian businessman looking forward to the “crazy” getaway.
“We’ve been married a long time and I always tell people it’s not a destination, marriage is a journey — and I think you have to have a lot of respect for your spouse or your significant other, no question,” Kevin explained. “What I find interesting is I try, with my family, to say, ‘Look, you know I’m going to be working all week. Pick a city — anywhere in the world — and I’ll fly everybody there. Let’s meet there — girlfriends, boyfriends, everyone — and spend quality time over the weekend.’ We got to crazy places together.”
“I tell people the reason why you pursue entrepreneurship isn’t the greed of money, it’s the freedom. I work very hard to be able to do what I do and I want to pursue the things that matter to me and my family,” he continued. “I’m on the phone with Linda each week saying, ‘What do you want to do this week? Where do you want to go? Where are the kids? Where do we meet up?’ I want this for everybody. I say this to all my entrepreneurs on Shark Tank, ‘This is what you want to do. If you work hard, one day you’re free.'”
That, for lack of a better word, sounds like a wonderful life.
Reporting by Diana Cooper