Kevin Harrington is an investor, mentor, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur with more than thirty years of experience. He was one of the “original” shark investors of ABC’s business reality show Shark Tank. He guides the new entrepreneurs and has also written several business motivational books. He has also appeared as a Keynote Speaker in the American annual invention trade show Inpex conducted in 2012. Harrington tries to teach others the path of success based on his experiences in the business field. He has an official website that provides an atmosphere of a digital home for those who are seeking mentorship in entrepreneurship. His mind to help others has earned him the name “The Entrepreneur’s Entrepreneur” and “Entrepreneur Answer Man”.
Kevin Harrington was born on October 15, 1956, in Cincinnati, a major city in Ohio, United States. His father ran a restaurant and he was also Kevin’s first mentor in business. Harrington built his own platform through hustle and perseverance. He knows the troubles and confusions that one will often face when one steps into the sphere of business. This is what motivated him to work as a mentor.
“I believe every entrepreneur deserves the opportunity to see his or her dream become reality”. – Kevin Harrington
Let us get to know more about this 64 year old “entrepreneur’s entrepreneur”. Keep on reading to find how Kevin Harrington made his riches and how he placed his name on the top list of entrepreneurs.
The estimated net worth of this former shark is between $450 million- $500 million. Kevin Harrington started his millionaire journey at the age of 19. Now he is a multi-millionaire and inspires thousands of new people in the business world. In terms of net worth, Harrington ranks third among his fellow shark investors in the Shark Tank.
Harrington learned his first lessons in business from his father, who owned a successful Italian restaurant. The best part about him was, he always listened to the best pieces of advice. Kevin learned how to run a business and all the possible problems he would have to face. He sold newspapers in the streets at the age of nine. He started his business of sealing driveways at fifteen. But by his first year in college, he was the owner of a million-dollar worth business.
Kevin Harrington found the authors Napolean and Zig Ziglar and read their resources. He gathered wisdom from his mentors and applies it in his career. His business became a breakthrough success after he got proper guidance.
He identified an opportunity in filling the dead air time on television channels. Kevin introduced his infomercials in 1985. There were infomercials on media from 1949. But what made Kevin different was his time chosen to broadcast infomercials. They went on air during early morning and late night times to replace the dead air time. Harrington became the President of the National Media. It gave him more opportunities to promote his infomercials. He left the National Media in 1994. Kevin later joined The Home Shopping Network. He co-founded HSN Direct International Inc. He was the Chief Executive Officer of HSN Direct International Inc. Later he served as its President for four years. Harrington has also served as the Chairman of ON TV Inc. and as the President of Harrington Business Development Inc. He was also the Director of Reliant International Inc. and the Vice Chairman and Director of Thane International Inc. He left the positions in 2003. Later after one year, he became the CEO of ResponzeTV America, LLC and the CEO of ResponzeTV America, LLC.
From 2006 to 2008, he was the Director of Infusion Brands International, Inc. He served as the Executive Director of ResponzeTV Plc and the Chief Executive Officer of ResponzeTV Plc till 2008. Harrington had been in several prestigious positions all along with his career. He was the CEO of TV Goods, Senior Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the As Seen On TV, Inc., and was also an officio member of Electronic Retailing Association (ERA), Founders Circle. At present, he is the Director of Harrington Business Development Inc.
Wife and Family
Kevin Harrington is married to Crystal Harrington. The couple was dating for a long time and finally decided to get married. They are still together happily. Kevin and Crystal are blessed with two children. Both are daughters named Kaitlyn and Megan.
Shark Tank is one of the most popular business themed reality television series which is aired on ABC. The show has won Emmy Awards several times. It is a show where budding entrepreneurs come to seek investment from the Shark investors of the show. Kevin Harrington was one of the “original” shark investors, who were there from the beginning of the show. Harrington appeared on twenty episodes of the first two seasons of Shark Tank. He was then replaced by Mark Cuban in the third season of the show. Harrington has invested in several companies during his tenure on the show and made several dreams come true. But compared to other sharks he made only fewer offers and this is what led to his replacement.
As an author
Kevin Harrington is always there to help those who need guidance in business. He learned the ways through the great mentorship of his guides. So he believes that it is his duty to pass the wisdom to the next generation of businessmen. He has written several books on entrepreneurship. Act Now: How I Turn Ideas into Million-Dollar Products, Key Person of Influence: The Five-Step Method to Become One of the Most Highly Valued and Highly Paid People in Your Industry, Put a Shark in Your Tank: Actionable Steps to Business Success are some of the books written by Kevin Harrington. He has also written a book inspired by the teaching of his mentor Zig Ziglar, an American author and motivational speaker. The name of the book is The Secrets of Closing the Sale Masterclass.