Robert Herjavec is the epitome of the rags to riches story and the American dream. Growing up, he was the son of Croatian immigrants who earned his wealth with pure hard work and intuition. His mom could barely speak English and he remembers losing all the family savings to a vacuum salesman. Since then, he vowed never to be taken advantage of again. In the early 90s, he started working waiting tables at a posh Yorkville restaurant.
When the dot com craze started to break out, Herjavec realized the potential of this technology. He then launched his first technology company BRAK systems, which would soon become Canada’s top provider of Internet security software, worth $100 million. He eventually sold his company to US telecommunications giant AT&T in 2000, and later helped to break the sale of another technology company to Nokia for $225 million. He now heads one of Canada’s fastest-growing IT security and infrastructure integration firms The Herjavec group.
For fun, Herjavec hosts parties in his 50,000 square foot Bridle Path mansion, with the likes of Michael Buble and Mick Jagger dropping buy. Sometimes, he jets to a private jet near Miami or just go around Yorkville in one of his many luxury cars.