'Shark Tank': Meet Kevin Hart, Emma Grede and other guest judges of Season 13
Having investors to back you up is just as crucial for entrepreneurs who've had a dream and the drive to see it through. No matter how good a business idea is, it takes investments to allow it to grow to its full potential. And if there is anyone who can vouch for that, it would be the people who've appeared on 'Shark Tank'.
Now in its 13th Season, the show is back with its 'Sharks', Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec and Daymond John, all of whom are looking to invest in the right businesses. As with every season of the show, Season 13 will also see a range of guest judges. Curious to know who they are? Continue reading to find out!
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Emma Grede is the CEO of Good American, which she co-founded the company in 2016 alongside Khloe Kardashian and founding partner of SKIMS. She is also the Chairman of ITB Group, which she founded in 2008. She studied at The London College of Fashion and went on to work for Inca Productions, one of the leading fashion show and event producers in Europe. She started as a producer and dealt with designer collaborations. She worked with brands such as Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Vivienne Westwood and Zac Posen.
Kevin Darnell Hart is a stand-up comedian, actor, investor and entrepreneur. He began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions -- his big break came in 2001 with a recurring role in the series 'Undeclared'. Apart from multiple movies roles, Wall Street Journal reports that Hart has promoted or invested in a range of industries, such as men's grooming products, ride-shares, underwear and healthcare, among others. His media company, HartBeat has a four-picture deal with Netflix, while Laugh Out Loud, his comedy company, has a deal with Peacock that includes an equity investment and distribution of stand-up performances and shows.
A businessman, Peter Jones is popularly known as the sole remaining original Dragon on the BBC's 'Dragons' Den', which inspired 'Shark Tank', seeing that the show follows a similar format. During his time on the show, Jones invested approximately £5,983,167 ($8,104,798) in a range of entrepreneurial ideas. Jones' first business began at age 16, where he made personal computers, a company he later sold to IBM. Since then, he has come a long way with a portfolio of businesses that include Expansys, Data Select, Jessops, Levi Roots, Red Letter Days, Wonderland Magazine, and Bladez Toyz.
Nirav Tolia, the co-founder of Nextdoor will also be a guest judge on the show's upcoming season. Apart from Nextdoor, he is also the co-founder of Fanbase, an online almanac of pro and college athletes. In addition, Tolia was an entrepreneur in residence at Benchmark Capital, an advisor for companies such as Smallworld, Simply Hired and Zillow, and the corporate director at Shopping.com.
Mark Cuban will be returning as a Shark on the latest Season of the show. Cuban has made 85 deals across 111 episodes of 'Shark Tank'. As per his ABC bio -"Mark Cuban is an investor who lives for his family, his Shark Tank companies and the Dallas Mavericks. He is the owner of the 2011 World Champion Dallas Mavericks and bestselling author of How to Win at the Sport of Business and was an entrepreneur from the early age of 12 when he sold garbage bags door to door. Today, Cuban is the highly successful entrepreneur and investor with an ever-growing portfolio of businesses."
Barbara Corcoran will be returning as a Shark on the latest Season of the show. Corcoran has made 53 deals across 82 episodes of 'Shark Tank'. As per her ABC bio -- "Barbara Corcoran's credits include straight D's in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country: She borrowed $1,000 and quit her job as a waitress to start a tiny real estate company in New York City. Over the next 25 years, Barbara would parlay that $1,000 loan into a $5 billion real estate business, building the largest and best-known brand in the business."
Lori Greiner will be returning as a Shark on the latest Season of the show. Greiner has made 61 deals across 78 episodes of 'Shark Tank'. As per her ABC bio -"Lori Greiner started with one idea and turned it into a multi-million dollar international brand. She is regarded as one of the most prolific inventors of retail products, having created over 500 products, and currently holds over 120 U.S. and international patents. A well-known celebrity personality on QVC-TV, Greiner has hosted her own show, Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner, for 18 years. "
Robert Herjavec will be returning as a Shark on the latest Season of the show. Herjavec has made 57 deals across 126 episodes of 'Shark Tank'. As per his ABC bio -- "Robert Herjavec is one of North America's most recognizable and respected business leaders. Born in Eastern Europe, he arrived to North America on a boat with his parents after escaping Communism in the former Yugoslavia. From delivering newspapers and waiting tables to launching a computer company from his basement, his drive to achieve has led him to the fulfillment of a better life for himself and his family."
Daymond John will be returning as a Shark on the latest Season of the show. John has made 61 deals across 100 episodes of 'Shark Tank'. As per his ABC bio -- "As one of the industry's most recognized branding experts, Daymond John's own brand has seen an aggressive expansion since he created FUBU more than 20 years ago. An original cast member of the four-time Emmy® Award-winning series "Shark Tank," John's relentless commitment to promoting and supporting entrepreneurs led to him becoming a two-time New York Times bestselling author for his books "The Power of Broke" (2016) and "Rise and Grind" (2018), which was also recognized as a Wall Street Journal Best Seller."
Kevin O'Leary will be returning as a Shark on the latest Season of the show. O'Leary has made 40 deals across 131 episodes of the series so far.
As per his ABC bio -- "As the son of a travelling ILO executive, Kevin O'Leary lived and was educated in Cambodia, Cyprus, Tunisia, Ethiopia, France and Switzerland. After getting his MBA, he founded Special Event Television, an independent production company producing such original sports programming as The Original Six, Don Cherry's Grapevine and Bobby Orr and the Hockey Legends."