Robert Herjavec is a Canadian entrepreneur, businessman, and celebrity. Herjavec founded the Canadian internet security software integrator BRAK Systems and sold it to AT&T Canada for $30.2 million in 2000. He formed The Herjavec Group in 2003, now one of Canada’s largest information technology. Likewise, computer security companies, with annual revenues of over $200 million.
Caption: Robert Herjavec
He was featured on Dragons ‘ Den and ABC’s CBC Television series version of the series, Shark Tank, where he is an investor. He has also written books on business developments. Herjavec was awarded the 2012 Ernst & Young, Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Engineering, and Queen Elizabeth II, Diamond Jubilee Medal, for Outstanding Service to Canada by the Governor-General of Canada – 2012.
Robert Herjavec: Early Life, Education, Family
Herjavec was born in Varazdin, Croatia on 14 September 1962 and grew up in Zbjeg, Germany. The family left the country in 1970, at the age of eight, for speaking out against the government. Previously the government imprisoned Herjavec’s father, Vladimir. According to Herjavec, “He would drink a little too much and then say bad things about communism and have been thrown into prison twenty-two times because he was an anti-communist.” Herjavec’s family came with a small suitcase and only $20 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The family eventually settled in Toronto, where they lived in the basement of a family friend’s home for 18 months.
Herjavec’s father did a job at a Mississauga plant, earning $76 a week. Herjavec cites his father as a major influence in his life, whom he describes as “a really, really tough guy” Herjavec described his defining experience when one day he came home to complain to his mother that his classmates had fun with him. His father, who used to walk to work to save money on bus fare, came home, and when he learned what his son said, he told his son to never complain, which became a guiding principle in the life of Herjavec, which he said ignited his courage.
Caption: Herjavec’s childhood
Another powerful episode came in his youth when a traveling salesman convinced Herjavec’s mother to buy a $500 vacuum cleaner, which was a salary of seven weeks. Herjavec graduated at the University of Toronto from New College in 1984, with a degree in English literature and political science. In the 1990s Herjavec took on a number of minimum wage jobs, such as waiting tables, newspaper delivery, supermarket salesman, and debt collection, to make a living and help support his family.
Robert Herjavec: Career and achievements
In the mid-1980s Herjavec worked as a third assistant director in several productions, including Billy Jack’s Cain and Abel and The Return. He was a 1984 Winter Olympics field director for Global TV in Sarajevo.
Herjavec had applied for a position at Logiquest selling IBM mainframe emulation boards in search of work between outputs. He was not qualified for the position but convinced the company to give it to him by offering to work for free for 6 months. To pay the rent during this “free” period, Herjavec waited tables. He eventually rose in the ranks to become General Manager of Logiquest. In 1990, after being fired from Logiquest, he founded BRAK Systems, a Canadian integrator of Internet security software, from the basement of his home. BRAK Systems sold $30.2million to AT&T Canada in March 2000.
Robert Herjavec: Personal life and wife
Herjavec married Diane Plese in 1990. They split in early 2016 and separated in July 2014. Since his marriage fell apart he had suicidal ideation. He has two daughters, Caprice and Skye, and a son, Brendan. A judge ruled in June 2019 that Herjavec would pay additional amounts to his ex-wife which would increase the total she earned from the marriage to $25 million.
Caption: Herjavec with his family
Herjavec announced his partnership with his former Dancing to Stars partner Kym Herjavec in September 2015. The two became engaged on 27 February 2016. They were married on 31 July 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Robert and Kym had revealed in December 2017 that they were expecting twins. Named Hudson Robert Herjavec and Haven Mae Herjavec, the twins, a boy, and a child, were born on April 23, 2018.
Robert Herjavec: Net Worth and social media
Herjavec owns a home in the Bridle Path section of Toronto. The manor attracts luminaries including Michael Bublé, John Travolta, Mick Jagger, and Bono. Herjavec paid $7.5 million for the house on MTV Cribs and the TV series How’d You Get So Rich. Likewise, the footage of the Rolling Stones tour. Herjavec has many other holiday homes too. His total net worth is around $220 million.
In addition, Herjavec is a major donor to the homeless shelter of the Union Gospel Mission in Seattle, Washington. He has turned on by his priest to the group, whom he met to cope with his depression after his marriage fell apart.
Talking about his availability on social media, HErjavec is available on Instagram by the name robertherjavec and has 561k followers. Similarly, the entrepreneur is also accessible on Twitter by the name robertherjavec where he has almost 810k followers.
Robert Herjavec: Body measurements
Herjavec has an endomorph body type with a height of 1.73 meters. Likewise, the entrepreneur weighs 65 kgs. However, any information regarding his body measurements is not available.