Robert Herjavec, a businessman, investor, TV personality, dancer, and author, is a man who rose from nothing through hard work and intelligence to success, fame, and recognition after spending his youth in a relatively middle-class class.
Robert, born on 14 September 1962, is a Croatian-Canadian, born in Varazdin, Socialist Republic of Croatia, Yugoslavia. He moved with his family to Hálifax, Canada in 1970 at the age of 8 and had no knowledge of English after living on a farm. In 1984, he graduated with a double degree in Political Science and English Language from New College, University of Toronto.
He began his career as an assistant director and film producer and was honored as one of the youngest producers of Olympic coverage before joining Logiquest, selling IBM and mainframe emulation board. He used to be rejected at Logiquest because he was under-qualified, but somehow he convinced them to let him work for six months for free, and gradually rose to become the general manager of Logiquest.
Later, in 1990, after being fired from Logiquest, Robert started his own company, BRAK Systems, a Canadian Internet security software integrator, in the basement of his house. In March 2000, he sold BRAK Systems to A&T Canada for $32.2 million. After taking a break from the business world and staying at home for three years to care for his three children, he regained his entrepreneurial spirit and started another company in 2003 with only three employees.
The Haverjac Group is an integrator of security solutions, reseller, and provider of managed services, of which he is currently CEO. It is one of Canada’s fastest-growing technology companies and, according to the Branham Group, the country’s largest IT security provider. The Herjavec Group (THG) has grown from three employees in 2000 to 300 employees in 2016, with a 643% growth rate from 2007-2012 and revenues from $400 thousand in 2003 to over $125 million in 2012.
He appeared regularly on the Canadian CBC television series Dragon’s Den and in America in the ABC version of the show Shark’s Tank.
Author of three books; Driven: How to Succeed in Business and Life (2010) and The Will to Win: Leading, Competing, Being Successful (2013). His most recent book, published in March 2016, is entitled “You Don’t Have to Be a Shark”: Creating Your Own Success. In these books, he shares working and living principles to be prosperous and successful.
He participated in the 20th season of Dance with the Stars.
Robert Herjavec’s House
Robert owns a house in Bridle Path, Toronto, which has hosted luminaries such as Michael Bublé and John Travolta. Herjavec bought the house in 2000 for 7.5 million dollars. The 33,650 square foot mega villa has been featured in MTV Nativity scenes and on Joan Rivers’ television show How Did You Get So Rich. The house is currently listed for $18.8 million on Barry Cohen. He has several other vacation homes.
Robert Herjavec’s Cars
Robert is a real car lover and racing driver, an avid car collector with several rare cars in his collection. He takes part in the Ferrari Challenge and won the title “Rookie of the Year” in 2011.
His daily driver is his Range Rover Autobiography 2014, which he describes as the ultimate SUV. His other cars include Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, 1958 Porsche 356, 2011 Rolls- Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, Ferrari LaFerrari. He rates most of his cars with a perfect 10 and calls them great.
He learned to drive a Chevy Caprice station wagon, and the first car he bought was the Mazda RX-7, and his favorite was to drive from Toronto to Vancouver.
“Some people go golfing and others go to the movies if I have some free time I take him for walks,” Robert said.
Robert Herjavec’s Family, Children, Divorce
He grew up on a farm and was raised by his grandmother. His father was Vladimir Haverjec and his mother Katika Herjavec. Robert described his father as a “really, really tough guy” and a great influence on his early life. He must have loved his family very much if he did a variety of jobs ranging from waiting tables to the retail salesman, newspaper delivery, and debt collection to support them.
When Robert talked about his married life, he met his wife Diane when he was 26 years old and she worked as an optician. He described it as love at first sight for her. He married Diane Plese in 1990, and they remained happy until July 2014, after 24 years of marriage. Their separation was legalized in divorce in early 2016.
In September 2015 Herjavoc announced that he was meeting his partner in Dancing With the Stars, Australian dancer Kym Johnson. They got engaged on February 26, 2016, and married on July 31, 2016, in Los Angeles.
He has three children with his ex-wife, two daughters named Caprice and Skye, and a son named Brendan. In December 2017 Robert and Kym announced that they were expecting their first child. Later, on Monday, December 11, they announced that they were expecting twins.
Robert Herjavec’s Height, Net Worth
The exact height of Robert is not known but is estimated to be between 5’7″ and 5’9″. He has a net worth estimated to be over $200 million.