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Kevin O'Leary

Oct 24, 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Tellabs @ Kaplan Institute
3137 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616

12:30pm Registration
Doors will be closed by 12:40pm
Fireside chat starts promptly at 12:45pm

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As the son of an ILO expert, Kevin O’Leary lived and was educated in Cambodia, Cyprus, Tunisia, Ethiopia, France and Switzerland.

In 1983 O’Leary founded Special Event Television, a television production company that produced original sports programming such as “The Original Six,” “Don Cherry’s ­Grapevine” and “Bobby Orr and the Hockey Legends.”

O’Leary founded SoftKey Software Products (later called The Learning Company) in 1986. SoftKey soon became a catalyst of consolidation in the software industry, raising over $1 billion in financing and completing a series of acquisitions making it by 1999 the world leader in educational and reference software. In 1999, Mattel acquired the company for $4.2 billion. 

Today, O’Leary is the Chairman of O’Shares ETFs. He is also the founder and Chief Sommelier of O’Leary Fine Wines, as well as a member of Boston’s 107-year old Hamilton Trust. O’Leary is an investor on five-time Emmy Award winning Shark Tank and is a regular contributor on ABC, CNBC and CNN. He is a bestselling author of three books: Cold Hard Truth and Men, Women and Money, and Cold Hard Truth on Family, Kids and Money.

O’Leary holds a B.A. in environmental studies and psychology from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.