Robert Herjavec was born on Sept. 14, 1962 in Zbjeg, Croatia. At the age of 8, he and his parents came to North America on a boat to escape from communism in Yugoslavia.
They arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia with only a suitcase and moved in to the basement of one of his mother’s acquaintances, where they stayed for 18 months. Robert had a tough time getting used to life in a new country. Coming from a farmland where everyone had led similar lives, Robert experienced differences in economic classes and found his family poorer than the locals.
Though he graduated from the University of Toronto in 1984, he worked as a newspaper deliveryman and waiter in the early '90s. Besides making a living and paying bills, he gained vital experience that helped advance his business career later. He moved on to join a start-up technology company and convinced its owner to let him work for free. This led to the launching of his own computer company BRAK Systems, which he later sold to AT&T.
After a brief retirement during which he became a stay-at-home dad, Robert founded the Herjavec Group in 2003. He has played a role in the show "Shark Tank," where he shares his entrepreneurial ideas. Robert Herjavec has written bestselling books, including “Driven” and “The Will to Win," and features in several TV, print and digital media platforms.