(VINnews) — This week’s Ami Magazine features Kevin O’Leary front and center. The billionaire entrepreneur, famous for his longtime role on Shark Tank, rose to prominence after selling his software company, The Learning Company, to Mattel for $4.2 billion in 1999.
In the interview, O’Learly discussed how he manages to juggle his investments and businesses. He attributed it to his “amazing, cohesive team of people around” him, adding that his “personal assistant chops his day up into 30-minute increments.”
O’Leary explained that being an entrepreneur has nothing to do with greed. Rather, it’s about appreciating the value of time and freedom.
He said, “You’re pursuing personal freedom. If you’re successful as an entrepreneur, you set yourself and your family free. The most important freedom is doing what you want with your time. For example, if I didn’t want to do this interview, I wouldn’t do it, because I don’t have to. I chose to do this because I feel a real connection here and I want to inspire people.”
O’Leary said that a big part of his ability to scale companies involved delegating. When asked to elaborate, he said, “I figured that out very early on by hiring great people. We were able to grow in geometric leaps and bounds by having a very powerful group that knew exactly what their lanes were. These were people who could build the business. If you can’t do that, you’re going to fail anyway.”
O’Leary discussed his personal struggles. His father passed away at a young age, and he was only 7 years old. He also described a unique connection that he feels with Jews and Judaism.
He said that he was, “in a sense, raised by the family of my friend Andrew Tany, who lived across the street with his bubby.”
O’Leary described the values of the Torah which he holds in high regard.
“Having grown up enmeshed in a Jewish environment, I consider myself to be an honorary Jew, and I appreciate the Jewish values that haven’t changed over the course of thousands of years. Particularly, in the Jewish faith, an elderly person is honored, and that’s how it should be everywhere. The knowledge that you accumulate over the course of your life becomes your equity. I even went to Temple many times.”
He also went to school with a boy who eventually became a rabbi.
Interviewer Nesanel Gantz explained that his agenda was different than other interviewers. He wants “to educate and motivate.”
He added, “In addition to his business advice, I was curious about how an entrepreneur in the big leagues manages to balance it all. Over the course of multiple conversations, we covered that and many other topics.”