Posted on: January 17, 2012

A Televangelist for Business

Some irate callers to the show, Kevin O’Leary reports, were up in arms at the idea of tapping into the entrepreneurial talents of the former drug dealers, bank robbers, fraudsters and other ex-convicts who compete in the eight-part series to prove their skills in running a legitimate business.

But Mr O’Leary – who presents Redemption Inc. and has invested in the show – sees the venture as a combination of good business, good entertainment and good philanthropy.

It also makes a neat fit for the energetic 57-year-old entrepreneur, investor and, latterly, TV personality. In North America, however, he has gained a reputation as a provocative cheerleader for business and the free market. This was initially driven by appearances on TV shows such as the Canadian version of Dragons’ Den and The Lang & O’Leary Exchange.


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