Calling all Shark Tank superfans! You may watch the hit ABC show’s stars making deal after deal each week in the tank, but how much do you really know about sharks Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary, Daymond John, and Lori Greiner outside of TV?
For starters, every shark has their own story of success. Robert, for one, first started to make money for himself when he held positions in the film and retail industries. He was also a debt collector and a newspaper deliveryman before he ended up selling his internet security startup for millions.
However, Kevin’s story is a little different. When he was a young man he took a job at an ice cream parlor to be closer to the girl he liked. “I was very excited about it, it was my first job,” he previously recalled to CNBC’s Make It. “The girl I was interested in worked at the shoe store right across the mall.”
Although Kevin was ready to do whatever it took to keep his job, he remembers being fired from the store just two days after working there.
“What happens when you’re sampling ice cream — you’re chewing gum, you take it out, you throw it on the floor,” he said. Kevin knew that he had to scrape the gum in order to keep his job but, once he saw his crush looking at him from across the mall, he couldn’t bring himself to do it.
“I saw her looking at me, and I thought, If she sees me on my knees scraping gum, I’m screwed,” the business mogul recalled. So, instead of doing what he was asked, he took a stand. “I was hired as a scooper not a scraper,” he remembered telling his boss.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the right thing to say. Kevin’s boss fired him right then and there and once he got home he had to explain everything to his mom. “I went home, and explained what happened to my mother. She said, ‘That was a bad mistake,'” Kevin recalled of her reaction.
He did, however, learn a very important lesson from the whole ordeal. “There’s two types of people in the world: those that own the store and those that scrape the s–t off the floor, and you have to decide which one you are.’”
Scroll below to learn more about the sharks and find out their crazy net worths!
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