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Posted on: January 31, 2014

Kevin O’Leary Answers Your Questions

Blunt, colourful and outspoken, Kevin O’Leary has become the Don Cherry of Canadian business. The entrepreneur, author and TV fixture (Dragons’ Den in Canada, Shark Tank in the U.S.) was in town this week and sat down with The Gazette to answer a series of questions submitted by readers. Here’s an edited transcript of that conversation.

Posted on: November 14, 2013

Dragons’ Den Contest Gives Students a Cash Start

It took just 16 months of working at a Tim Hortons for Calgary high school student Rami Ghanem to come up with an award-winning idea for efficiency. Thanks to a $5,000 cheque from Dragons’ Den heavyweight Kevin O’Leary, Ghanem’s idea for a modern method of employee check-in may soon appear in fast food franchises everywhere.

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Posted on: January 22, 2013

Kevin O’Leary’s Letter to National Post: Capitalism’s New Saviors

“A generation ago, it was a safe bet to get an education, take a job in a large company, buy a house, start a family, and then retire with a pension. It was a straight route to a good life. Those days are over. The recent global financial crisis has been a wake-up call to a new generation of Americans and Canadians, who now see the risks of starting a new company as about the same as working for a large existing one.”

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Posted on: June 18, 2012

The Dragon of Dividends

Investor and TV host Kevin O’Leary likes to tell how his investment strategy derives from his mother’s preference for safe stocks that pay dividends.

“She’d say the same thing every week when she got paid,” said O’Leary at a presentation in Victoria June 12 sponsored by Alitis Investment Counsel. “She’d say: never spend the principle – just the interest – and never buy a security that doesn‘t pay a dividend.”